Verdiem has launched Surveyor 6, the latest version of its energy management software, extending the capabilities to monitor and manage energy consumption and utilisation to a wider range of network connected IT devices.
The company says it is helping Cisco develop components of its EnergyWise network energy management technology. The result is that Surveyor 6 can measure and manage energy consumed by a variety of network connected devices including IP phones and power distribution units (PDUs).
Verdiem has also integrated Information Builders’ business intelligence platform into the product so that customers can optimise their energy consumption and make better decisions about reducing IT operating costs. The analytics help assess actual device usage to find out which ones are underutilised and where they can be consolidated.
The company points out that within a typical organisation IT consumes 25% of the energy and half of that is consumed by PCs, Macs, monitors and network connected devices such as IP phones, routers, switches and PDUs. This is the market that Verdiem (and many others) are addressing. It should be an easy decision for IT departments to adopt power management, given the quick payback, but with a fragmented market Verdiem is one of a wide range of solutions.
It’s interesting to track the different approaches of companies in the market as they try and create product differentiation. Verdiem is going for the highly configured, detailed reporting energy management solution primarily aimed at desktops, only now straying into new network-connected areas. By comparison, its main rival, 1E, has chosen to approach the market from an efficiency standpoint, offering a range of products aimed at making PCs, and increasingly servers, work more efficiently, so saving energy and other IT costs.
By way of contrast, Joulex, a relatively new company making a lot of noise in the market, has chosen an agentless software approach, which means no software is installed on individual PCs. It makes it much quicker and easier to install, but doesn’t have the depth of capabilities of its rivals. But Joulex is taking the approach into the data centre, so offering the capability to a broader range of IT.
In the current market there’s room for all three approaches, but there’s a long way to go yet.