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Rethinking Energy from Multiple Perspectives

In my blog last week, I mentioned Smart Grid, a complete reworking of the electrical grid, which is being undertaken by utilities, government entities, and concerned businesses alike. Here, in the United States, Cisco is partnering with key organizations to pilot Smart Grid projects. Just this week, we announced one such effort with Duke University. Read More »

Cisco EnergyWise Demonstration from Interop Las Vegas 2009

Over the past few months, we’ve offered a number of Ecolibrium blogs on the subject of Cisco EnergyWise, the energy management software available for Catalyst switches. This technology has drawn much interest from inside and outside the IT industry. We are proud to report that Cisco EnergyWise won the Best of Interop award in the Green IT category at Interop Las Vegas 2009. And at the Energy Camp portion of Interop, Cisco EnergyWise served as a great example of how IT’s impact can extend well beyond traditional computing services. Just as encouraging to us here at Cisco, however, is the attention Cisco EnergyWise is getting from within energy conservation and environmental sustainability efforts around the globe. We’ve even had more than a few CFOs interested based on potential savings on their energy bills. Clearly, we’re onto something with Cisco EnergyWise — and this is just the beginning!Some of our readers were able to see a demonstration of Cisco EnergyWise at last month’s Interop trade show in Las Vegas. For those not at the show, we thought you might like to see the Interop demo for yourself. Here is a short video of Berna Devrim, Senior Manager -- Catalyst Switching, running though the Cisco EnergyWise demo at Interop… Read More »

Green Has Many Hues

Several days ago, we announced that two customers, Castle Rock School District and The Cardiovascular Group, are using the network to not only drive down costs and ramp up collaboration efforts, but to also champion environmental sustainability goals. It’s heartening to see organizations of all sizes and from all industries taking the green initiative seriously. Increasingly, as we see the power of the network in meeting green goals, it leads us closer and closer to adopting and understanding the value of the smart grid. Read More »

President Clinton’s Message on Earth Day: Tackling Climate Change is about Good Economics!

President Clinton Last Wednesday, I was on a panel at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green Conference called "The New Lean Green" with KKR and InterfaceRAISE. At a time when the world is consumed with the global economic crisis, everyone is asking whether green is sustainable; and the verdict from my panel was that while companies are still investing in green, the focus is on prioritization and the economic value. The silver lining in all of this is that the two are not mutually exclusive. The economic challenges have created a silver filter to weed out what my fellow panelist from InterfaceRAISE referred to as "fluff." So if you have not built sustainability into your DNA with a solid governance model, metrics, and ROI models, your green strategy might be first on the cutting floor. Hopefully you all have a robust sustainability agenda that recognizes you can be lean and green.Congress will soon face the same question as it relates to the energy legislation introduced by Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee… Read More »

Green IT Panel Discussion

Taken from the GigaOm Green:Net 09 show in San Francisco on March 24th. Moderated by Rich Miller of Data Center Knowledge, this is a good sampling of how large IT vendors are looking at Green from both an industry as well as a data center standpoint.This is a good view if you want to understand some of the higher level considerations of getting more Green in your data center. Most of the panelists also provide some insight into new technologies that are coming to market to help in the deployment and management of energy. Our take was on Cisco EnergyWise as a means to implement common monitoring and control of data center energy.Panelists for this session were:Kenneth Brill, Executive Director, The Uptime InstituteAlbert Esser, VP Power and Infrastructure Solutions, DellRich Lechner, VP Energy and Environment, IBMChristina Page, Director Climate and Energy Strategy, Yahoo!Myself, Robert Aldrich, Principal, Energy Management Solutions and Services, CiscoWhat was clear to me… Read More »