When most people think about sustainability at a company like Cisco, they envision solar arrays and smart cities – and we certainly have those! But humming quietly on the roof of every building is a significant energy consumer, the air conditioning. So just as we innovate solutions for the Internet of Everything, we also search for ways to improve facility energy efficiency in many ways that aren’t obvious to building occupants.
Cisco Live! 2014 will take place in San Francisco from May 19 to 22. Cisco is no stranger when it comes to finding new and innovative ways to support green initiatives such as energy conservation, sustainability and the smarter use of fiscal and natural resources. In fact, it’s been a part of how we have been doing business for years.
In recent years, organizations such as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Greenpeace have ranked Cisco on top amongst other major IT companies.
Electric trading markets that allow consumers to procure blocks of energy directly from generation providers have existed for a long time, but have tended to be in areas with highly stable distribution systems with access limited to large consumers. Customer segmentation within electricity markets has therefore been limited, with utilities defining tariffs and establishing service reliability based on customer type: residential, commercial, or industrial. However, technology platform enhancements have enabled smaller consumers to participate in electric trading markets and enabled system operators with a less stable grid to provide this service.
The result is that consumers, and not just the utility companies, can define the characteristics and pricing for their electric service.
For Cisco, this change is allowing us to purchase electricity in one of our most important, but least reliable and highest-carbon locations — Bangalore, India — in a new way that reflects our requirements for availability and environmental impact.
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?
In the spirit of follow where the data leads you; how thoughtful are we in how we plan for and manage the data center? As an IT industry we spend a lot of time debating what a data center is and how much of an impact it may have on productivity, competitive advantage, security, business continuity and as of late ecologic impact. This is perhaps why the most senior, challenge-loving type A’s focus their careers on data centers.
Whatever your definition, a data center represents the physical manifestation of our digital behaviors across a range of activities. Data centers also support the most mission critical of all our “day job” applications; web services, email, payroll and so on. So why is it that our “IT” industry is not aggressively applying more collaborative ingenuity to real world challenges? A complex question of course but what we are happy to share today is an example of what we’ve been able to do over the last year.
Built on a foundation of Cisco Energy Management Technologies and Services we were able to save $1M USD in one year across 11 labs. While this is only a pilot, it serves as a proof of concept for things to come…
The case study and white paper now available…