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- vITal, University saves 60k with energy management PC software
- Education Magazine, Loughborough saves 60k with PC energy management software
- GreenComputingReport, Understanding PC power management
- JISC blog, costing IT services
Loughborough University is using Verismic Power Manager [VPM] v3.3 to manage its PC environment, reduce energy consumption costs and carbon emissions. In use since 2011, the software has saved the University up to £30k each year by ‘throttling back’ the energy consumption of 1700 PCs overnight and during weekends.
The University has achieved Return on Investment within three months. It has also reduced annual carbon emissions by 75,000lbs and saved 45,000kWh per year making a significant contribution to the University’s aim to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2016.
Originally loaded onto 1500 PCs, Verismic Power Manager has since been deployed to an additional 200 PCs in 2012. The University’s PC fleet includes 1400 HP desktop PCs, 50 notebook PCs and 250 dual-boot iMacs.
The machines are used by up to 14,000 undergraduates, post-grads’, research assistants and external seminar visitors. The software was also deployed on three kiosk machines, in use by Team GB whilst training prior to the London Olympics.
The University uses VPM’s Wake-on-LAN functionality alongside Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to ensure machines are powered-on so that SCCM can deliver patches and upgrades and power down as soon as that process is complete.
The Wake-on-LAN function also enables the University to power-on PCs for early morning checks by IT teams and at 8am each day before first lectures at 9am. This increases productivity of the IT team and increases learning time for students.
“Along with delivering significant cost savings Verismic Power Manager is simplifying access to and management of our PC fleet,” says Chris Carter, IT services specialist, Loughborough University.
“Verismic Power Manager is totally focused on providing demonstrable cost reduction at each level – for IT, for wider staff and for the business,” says Ashley Leonard, CEO, Verismic.