Case Study

21,000 tonne reduction of carbon footprint by US Department of State

Secretary Clinton in her 2009 Earth Day Speech identified that the State Department’s computer services take up about 3% of its building space but consume 40% of the electricity load. She said, “We are working with a team from the IT department to narrow that ratio, but one thing we could all do is turn off our computers. That actually would save energy.”

Federal mandates assess agencies on a variety of sustainability areas, including energy management. Historically, the Department mandated that all 88,986 desktops at its 468 worldwide sites be kept on 24/7 to ensure regular security scanning, maintenance, and patching. However, to comply with federal mandates (such as EO13514) and support the Department’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative, the Department launched an agency-wide initiative to eliminate power waste across 100 percent of its workstation computers.

Operating under a distributed deployment model, the Department needed a flexible tool that worked with its existing systems management platform – Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) – to accommodate the specialized needs of each individual, while eliminating duplication of efforts. After an extensive review, it purchased NightWatchman, 1E’s PC power management solution, to reduce power consumption costs and carbon emissions through scheduled shutdown of workstations.

The Department minimized the amount of new hardware required by leveraging the existing, centralized SCCM infrastructure to deploy NightWatchman across the Department’s entire global network. This has significantly lowered both energy consumption and CO2 emissions without impacting user productivity. The robust reporting capabilities built into NightWatchman empower the Department to accurately document both power and carbon consumption savings through a highly customized dashboard, Enterprise View.

The WakeUp agent (the Wake-on-LAN component of NightWatchman) enables the Department’s workstations to be powered on for patching, scanning (security, SCCM, patch, virus, etc.), and software distribution. These tasks are performed during non-business hours, minimizing impact to normal day-to-day business operations and user productivity

Since deployment in November 2010, NightWatchman has led to savings in energy, cost, and time for the Department.
Using spare network bandwidth, Nomad securely delivers Operating System deployments, and distributes software and patches safely and securely to thousands of PCs and servers day or night with zero disruption. This removes the need for branch servers or desk-side visits – reducing existing server footprint and administrative overhead.

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