Latest Verdiem Software Helps Apple Users Take a Bite Out of Energy Use

Latest Verdiem Software Helps Apple Users Take a Bite Out of Energy Use

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 Increasing use of Apple computers and laptops has led Verdiem to include support for Macs in the latest version of its flagship power management software.

Verdiem's Surveyor 5.5 software, which is aimed at helping companies and organizations control energy use among networked computers, now works with computers running Mac OSX 10.5 or 10.6.

"We're certainly seeing significant pull across all the market sectors we do business with," said Verdiem President and CEO John Scumniotales. "They (Macs) are becoming more and more popular platforms in the enterprise."

With Surveyor being used on more than 1.6 million PCs, Verdiem's business is about evenly split among educational institutes, government agencies and commercial customers, he said.

"Macs are inherently pretty efficient systems," Scumniotales said, "What we're finding is that we're seeing an equivalent power savings on Macs as we are seeing on Windows PCs as well."

Verdiem customers that took part in a beta test of the software ended up with energy savings ranging from 36 percent to 50 percent, he said. 

"One of the areas we add a lot of value...is that we don't just set schedule-based transitions to lower power modes," Scumniotales said. Surveyor monitors activity on computers, and basically figures out when someone isn't at their computer, and adjusts when computers shut down or power up accordingly.

Surveyor also now includes enhanced support for power settings in Windows 7 and support for 802.1x network security, a method Scumniotales said has grow in popularity among organizations.

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