Customers Shape Latest JouleX Energy Management Upgrade

Customers Shape Latest JouleX Energy Management Upgrade

JouleX unveiled the latest upgrade of its energy management software product last week, the first version of JouleX Energy Manager (JEM) to be driven largely by customer feedback.

Following various stages of pilot testing, the JEM version 2.5 includes features such as opt-in capability, a smart mobile application called JouleX Mobile that allows workers to turn their electronic devices on or off, and the ability to save energy in the data center with load-adaptive computing, a phrase the company coined to describe the rerouting of resources to specific functions or processes as needed.

In addition to the ability to identify an organization's most energy-intensive devices, JEM 2.5 includes a new dashboard with real-time and baseline charts that allows users to look at carbon and monetary savings by location or region. JEM 2.5 also supports a range of IT infrastructure devices, including Cisco EnergyWise API, Intel Data Center Manager and Node Manager, VMWare vCenter, MAC power management and WinRM.

Reaction from customers testing JEM drove the development of several new features, according to Marc Davidson, sustainability officer for the Atlanta-based company. For example, a large Silicon Valley firm that was developing its own energy management system before discovering JouleX, deployed JEM but ran into some stumbling blocks when trying to get buy-in from its engineers.

A standard power management policy that would phase down office devices during regular business hours wouldn't work for engineers who might arrive in the afternoon and leave after midnight. So JouleX Mobile was configured to turn devices on and off based on the engineers' location. Users could also access a portal where they could choose to participate, or opt in, their company's program, learn more about energy management and see for themselves how their contributions are boosting the company's energy savings.

Other success stories include an Atlanta-based financial services firm that used JEM to make the business case for upgrading its PC fleet. The company had wanted to upgrade PCs for three years but the effort stalled during the economic recession. JEM, however, allowed the company to use its energy simulation tool to forecast the amount of energy and money it would save by replacing some 10,000 PCs, which each consumed 250 watts of power, with new machines that pulled in 45 watts. The information was used to calculate the project's ROI for the capital request.

A German company also turned to JEM to reduce energy spending in its data center, which annually cost roughly 600 million euro. Like many data centers, the facility constantly burned energy and rarely used all available bandwidth or computing resources, except at certain predictable peak times. Working with Intel and Cisco allowed JouleX to dynamically turn off switchers and routers to redirect resources as needed. This resulted in what the company calls increased energy intelligence and visibility that supports a range of IT infrastructure devices, including Cisco EnergyWise and Intel Data Center Manager.

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