Be it tax-credits/subsidies in different parts of the world or the recent news of California setting up a carbon trading exchange – no week passes by without the mention of “the importance of saving energy” or “reducing greenhouse gases”. Yet, with the explosion of technology and IP-connected devices; IT consumes over 25% of energy in a commercial building or office.
So why am I writing about this in a Cisco blog and what has this got to do with networking?
With today’s tough budgetary climate for schools, it’s gratifying to hear about a school district that applies smart technology to save millions on its energy bills so funds can be redirected to important educational programs. Council Rock School District in Pennsylvania embarked on such an energy savings program, Go Green, under which energy monies saved could be returned to other areas of the district’s operating budget, funding programs or staff that might otherwise be subject to cuts. It has taken its Go Green initiative further by using Cisco EnergyWise technology on Cisco 3750, 4500, and 6500 Series Switches to measure, monitor, and manage energy usage by network devices. Read More »
Cisco UPOE is a hit, ramping up to more than 1 million ports annualized run rate since its introduction last year. Read what IT World Canada and CRN have to say about the opportunities afforded by Cisco UPOE.
Beyond powering a wide range of devices with 60W PoE power, Cisco UPOE really shines when it is combined with Cisco EnergyWise. EnergyWise allows you to monitor and control the power consumption of devices connected to the switches. The combined EnergyWise and UPOE demo at Interop showed how you can use the network to turn devices on and off remotely to save power when the devices are not being used. In the following video, Rich Zavala, Technical Marketing Engineer, explains to Jimmy Ray from TechWise TV how he is powering a multitude of devices over Ethernet including LED lights and personal telepresence units, and how Cisco EnergyWise automates energy management for IT and non-IT equipment connected to the switches.