Whitepaper

The PC estate profiler

Many organizations today do not know how many PCs they have deployed and if they are being used. Having the ability to monitoring hardware utilization within an organization is a powerful tool which can realize many benefits. Highlighting periods of inactivity across a PC estate allows you to apply more granular power policies and schemes for these periods. Identifying unused PCs based on user activity you can safely remove unused hardware, thus reducing your administrative overhead and maintenance costs.

The PC Estate Profiler is a feature of NightWatchman, the PC Power Management solution from 1E. It is a strategic decision making tool for organizations which monitors and reports hardware utilization of all PCs across an estate enabling key stakeholders to make intelligent and informed business decisions. It further reduces the energy footprint and administrative overhead by:

  • Highlighting periods of inactivity across a PC estate enabling administrators to apply more granular power policies and schemes for these periods.
  • Identifying unused PCs based on user activity, administrators can safely remove unused hardware, thus reducing the administrative overhead and maintenance costs.

The PC Estate Profiler determines when users are actually using their PCs by monitoring key strokes and mouse movements. This information can be used to set power management policies, for example, by matching the power state of each subset of PCs, by location, with the activity level of employees.

The extra visibility provided by the PC Estate Profiler provides a more dynamic alternative to taking baselines. Undertaken when power management is first deployed, a baseline provides a highly accurate snapshot of PC usage at that moment in time, but unless the process is repeated on a regular basis, this information over time becomes outdated.

The PC Estate Profiler automatically tracks how usage varies with, for example, the adoption of flexible working practices. Enterprises can set policies based on the latest information, helping to maximize their energy cost savings.

Through aggregating PC usage over time, the PC Estate Profiler can also identify unused or underutilized PCs on the network, further eliminating the management overhead of maintaining these machines.