By implementing scheduled NightWatchman power actions and power schemes the organisation can ensure that the PC estate is only consuming the most efficient amount of energy required for when the PC is in use. Providing the ability to group machines by location and/or organisation the solution allows for the application of power policy to any level of granularity that might be required.
NightWatchman reports the power usage behaviour of every individual client system in your enterprise. By matching every client to its own specific make and model energy consumption characteristics NightWatchman reporting is able to accurately report the specific energy consumed by the individual, business unit or the entire enterprise PC estate. Combining automatically defined power baselines with this power usage detail ensures highly accurate savings reporting to easily demonstrate the value achieved in sustainability reporting requirements and recognised by energy provider rebate schemes.
Connecting the organisations NightWatchman implementation to the ActiveEfficiency.com 1E cloud enables dynamic updating of hardware power consumption data with 1Es extensive hardware power catalog. Synchronisation with the cloud based power data catalog ensures any new make and model of machine entering the organisation is rapidly and automatically identified and their details are updated to ensure NightWatchman is always reporting as accurately as possible.
The cost of energy being consumed throughout the organisation can vary greatly between different buildings, countries and the energy suppliers used. NightWatchman provides the ability to apply different energy tariffs as necessary to any grouping structure created and ensures the energy consumption reported by clients is translated directly to the cost of the energy where it was consumed. Defining energy tariffs ensures even the largest and most distributed organisations can report accurately on the energy cost savings achieved regardless of any energy pricing variations.
To ensure user acceptance of an active power management strategy it is important the technology used always ensures there is no user disruption caused. NightWatchman achieves this by implementing a number of automated features to enhance the user experience. NightWatchman is able to safely power down any unused machine even if the user has left open unsaved work by ensuring all applications are gracefully shutdown and any unsaved documents are backed up prior to executing the power down. This saved work is presented back to the user at next log on so they can continue their work as it was left. Similarly NightWatchman scheduled power downs are automatically postponed when user activity is detected to avoids any unnecessary interactions with the user.
NightWatchman includes specific reports that can identify PC hardware in the organisation that is either completely unused or is being underutilised. With this information the organisation can identify and remove redundant hardware from the estate and ensure only what is needed remains. This drives further operational cost savings from IT as we avoid unnecessary management of these devices. Similarly this reporting could be used instead to identify valuable but unused hardware so this can be re-appropriated for use elsewhere in the organisation where there is demand for new hardware.
The NightWatchman agent is also available for Apple machines running all of the latest versions of the Mac OS. The NightWatchman agent enables the seamless inclusion of Mac clients within a constant same PC power management strategy across all client devices regardless of hardware or operating system.
The NightWatchman PC power management solution for includes WakeUp, a highly scalable enterprise ready Wake On LAN solution to deliver out of hours systems management capability. Effective PC Power management ensures machines are kept in a low power state when they are not being utilised. By itself this can be a barrier to the IT department effective managing client devices either out of hours or when machines are in low power states. To complete the cycle of effective PC power management NightWatchman ensures all client systems remain manageable by providing the ability to wake targeted clients for maintenance windows or on demand without requiring any network router configuration.
WakeUp integrates directly with the latest versions of SCCM to wake clients based on deployment policy and schedules. Administrators use SCCM to plan and schedule systems management deployment tasks with WakeUp ensuring the tasks begin on schedule by automatically waking all targeted clients at the required time or by refreshing client policy on machines that are already powered on. NightWatchman ensures efficient energy usage when performing systems management tasks by identifying clients woken for this purpose and identifies that once these SCCM tasks have completed will return any woken machine to its previous powered down state.
WakeUp also delivers full support for out of hours client systems management with other toolsets by its own independent control mechanism. NightWatchman power policy can includes alarm clocks for waking machines to be ready and available in the morning and machines can be woken with a scheduled WakeUp to begin a set maintenance window which NightWatchman will complete by returning the PC to the low power state.
NightWatchman provides a remote WakeUp capability to ensure all office based resources remain accessible for remote or weekend working even if they are actively power managed. Web WakeUp provides a web based interface for the user to Wake their own registered devices. An iphone application is also available from the itunes store to further enhance the users remote WakeUp options.
The NightWatchman management console has been designed to ensure ease of management of the NightWatchman clients and their power policy. Its intuitive design enables administrators to quickly define and implement power policy for clients with any level of granularity required. The Console Query interface allows administrators easy access to underlying power and inventory detail across all NightWatchman clients. This can be further enhanced by easily extending its functionality with custom actionable extensions. The extensible interface allows the administrator to quickly and easily interrogate all NightWatchman resources and further streamline operations by allowing the creation and integration of custom command line tools to perform on demand actions on target clients.