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Decommissioning Ghost Servers

Uptime Institute recently celebrated the winners of their third annual Server Roundup contest. The contest was launched to spotlight the amount of resources that can be recovered and the amount of waste reduced by decommissioning outdated and underutilized servers. While the results are impressive, the process for identifying these servers was difficult and labor intensive.

2013 Winners:

  • Barclay’s decommissioned 9,124 servers, resulting in savings of 2.5 MWh of energy ($4.5M in power costs), roughly 5,000 Tons of carbon emissions, and $1.3M in legacy hardware maintenance costs, and reclamation of 588 server racks.
  • Sun Life Financial decommissioned 441 servers, resulting in savings of 115 kWh of energy ($100,000 in power costs), roughly 330 Tons of carbon emissions, and reclamation of valuable space in the data center.

All of the 2013 winners finalists shared that they decommissioned between 10% and 40% of their initial servers, and expressed the same sentiments: The cheapest data center is the one you never build. Decommissioning obsolete servers is “free Money”. Make the best use of your space by getting rid of stuff that isn’t being used.

When the 2013 winners were asked what software they used to identify the decommissioned servers, responses varied from tracking via excel spreadsheets and SMDB databases, to polling servers’ back end data with DCIM, to hiring college students to conduct a 3 to 4 month manual Book to Floor audit, then another several months to manually map the applications to the servers using them.

The pain of these outdated and expensive manual processes is what Cisco EnergyWise Suite alleviates for our customers. To anyone who has experienced Cisco EnergyWise Manager, it’s difficult to fathom going back to a system that takes months to implement and execute, and with such a high cost in man hours associated with it.

I applaud all of the hard work and great results these companies have achieved, but imagine how much more efficient they could be if they were leveraging Cisco EnergyWise Suite’s ability to deploy in a matter of hours and:

  • Automatically discover every device that it attached to the network in real time
  • Gain visibility into the energy consumption and utilization of 100% of the devices in the data center
  • Identify energy-inefficient devices
  • Monitor, measure, and manage the energy used by their network-connected devices, regardless of device type or manufacturer
  • Optimize virtualized and cloud computing environments
  • Create policies that automatically and remotely manage power for network-connected devices to cut energy costs

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Introducing Cisco EnergyWise Finder

On June 13 at Cisco Live 2012 San Diego, the Cisco Unified Access team announced Cisco EnergyWise Finder, a new patent-pending feature built into the Cisco EnergyWise protocol that allows you to find the power source of Cisco devices and EnergyWise-capable endpoints.

Hold on… So, what is Cisco EnergyWise?

I get this question often, and so although rehearsed this is what I say: Cisco EnergyWise is an energy management protocol based on Cisco IOS Software for monitoring, controlling, and reporting the energy use of information technology devices. EnergyWise combined with Cisco devices and an ecosystem of partner devices turns your network into a control plane for energy management. With certain building management system partners you can even extend this control plane to facilities and non-IT devices.

Ok, now that you understand Cisco EnergyWise, what is EnergyWise Finder and why is it important?

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Cisco EnergyWise Combining with JouleX Technology Simplifies Energy Management Deployments

Increasing energy demands as well as rising energy costs have driven organizations to investigate ways to reduce energy consumption.  To be effective in energy management, the solution must be simple and easy to deploy. Cisco EnergyWise combining with JouleX technology offers such a solution.

A little bit of background about Cisco EnergyWise. Introduced in January of 2009, Cisco EnergyWise uses the network to collect power information of IP-network-connected devices. Through the intelligence unique to the network and the reach of Cisco networks, Cisco has helped many customers to monitor, report and reduce energy consumption, and ultimately cut energy and operational costs.  Most importantly, EnergyWise is free to Cisco Catalyst switching and access routing customers, as it is integrated into the Cisco IOS software.

Realizing that customers may have their own preferences in management applications, Cisco provides the options of its own Cisco LMS, as well as collaborating with leading energy management app vendors such as JouleX in providing choices of management platforms. 

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Cisco and Schneider Electric Deliver Transformational Energy Management Capability Together

If you’re not familiar with Cisco EnergyWise, it is an innovative technology available in all of the Catalyst Switching and access routing platforms that enables the monitoring, reporting and managing of power usage within the entire organization. The heart of the solution is to address the energy management within enterprise campus IT and touch almost all IT connected devices.

What customers can benefit from Cisco EnergyWise is the capability to not only managing the IT devices that Cisco Catalyst switches directly touch, but also equipment beyond IT. How does this work? The answer is through open APIs and SDK.  Cisco has a large ecosystem partners for EnergyWise . With these partners, a new array of solutions and capabilities become possible.

One of the key Cisco EnergyWise partners is Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries.  Today Schneider Electric and Cisco announce the innovative energy management solution for the entire building portfolio. With the combined solution, building owners and operators can manage all energy-consuming building assets, such as HVAC, lighting, security, as well as IT assets, such as IP phones, IP cameras, PCs and laptops.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops – The First PCs to Support Cisco EnergyWise

Cisco EnergyWise is the central nervous system for enterprise energy management. Many of you have heard of this innovation. The unique network intelligence allows for monitoring, control and reporting of energy usage for IP-enabled end devices, helping to reduce energy consumption.  More significant cost savings come with the joint Cisco and partner energy management solutions.

Cisco EnergyWise partnerships are growing rapidly.  The total number of device and application partners has increased 8x since Q2 of 2010, and now it is 80+ strong! This allows customers to take advantage of broad selections of solutions to build a true EnergyWise enterprise.

Lenovo ThinkPad is the latest to join the EnergyWise eco-system family.  Today Lenovo and Cisco announced a joint solution to manage PC power usage. With EnergyWise being natively supported, Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops become the first PCs on the market that can help to reduce energy consumption without any additional costs to customers.

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