EMA Whitepaper Stresses Holistic Approach to Best Practices in Power Management for Desktop and Data Center

Citing Clear Benefits of Avocent Solutions, Analyst Research Shows Implementing Comprehensive Power Management Initiatives Can Cut Overall IT Power Consumption an Average of 19 Percent

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., September 29, 2009 – Avocent Corporation (Nasdaq: AVCT), a global leader in IT operations management, today announced the availability of a whitepaper, “Best Practices in Power Management: From Desktop to Data Center,” that offers advice for IT leaders looking to develop, deploy and manage an effective power management solution. The whitepaper, authored by well-known analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), clearly outlines simple ways for businesses to implement an effective IT power management strategy, including specific recommendations for enterprise desktop and data center environments.

“This whitepaper provides enterprises with the significant results of our recent research into enterprise power management from the chipset level through hardware, software, the system consolidation level — including virtualization and grid computing — and data center implementations,” said Steve Brasen, principal analyst with EMA. “Our research took into account the current availability and impact of real-time and visually oriented power management solutions, as well as the importance of monitoring and controlling ambient conditions, such as thermal management. We believe the most successful approach is a holistic one that includes system power consumption, server utilization, and thermal conditions.”

The whitepaper stresses the need for better alignment between IT power consumption and overall business value — a particularly important consideration in lean economic times — and outlines key areas in which effective IT management can make an immediate impact on the business, including:

On the Desktop: Desktop workstations (PCs and laptops) account for a significant portion of total IT energy costs — in many cases surpassing those of the data center. The broad distribution of desktop workstations creates a significant opportunity for energy reduction. According to EMA, even small reductions in power consumption can very quickly add up to significant cost savings when managing desktop deployments enterprise-wide. The whitepaper identifies three ways enterprises can reduce power consumption on client workstations:

  • Automate power management solutions;
  • Invest in energy-efficient hardware;
  • Monitor desktop systems’ power consumption.

In the Data Center: A key reason for excessive data center energy consumption is the requirement for continuously operational systems. According to EMA, on average, data center servers are kept fully operational 88 percent of the time; the most frequently cited reason: business production environment is utilized 24x7. The need for continuous operation means excess power consumption in the data center cannot be reclaimed the way it can on desktop systems, through automated power-down and power management practices. Although limited power reduction can be achieved by managing power while data center systems are not in use, doing so would require working around critical backup and maintenance periods, so this is not recommended as the sole approach to energy reduction. The whitepaper identifies four ways enterprises can reduce power consumption and increase savings in the data center:

  • Implement consolidation initiatives such as virtualization and grid computing;
  • Invest in energy-efficient hardware solutions;
  • Monitor data center power consumption in real time;
  • Perform thermal management.

Implementing a Power Management Solution: To realize financial gains and business value that can be attained from implementing energy-efficient initiatives, enterprises must bring together the desktop and data center. However, getting such an initiative off the ground can be challenging. Specific recommendations for successfully implementing a consolidated power management solution include:

  • Endow a governing body, such as a change advisory board with executive authority above both IT management and facilities operations, to implement energy efficiency initiatives; 
  • Use quality monitoring tools that provide an ongoing, granular yet holistic view of the entire infrastructure;
  • Consider leveraging visual modeling tools to improve data collection and analysis.

EMA notes in the whitepaper that Avocent offers a suite of systems management tools that can effectively achieve power management goals both on the desktop and in the data center. The whitepaper details how key features of Avocent’s LANDESK® Management Suite, DSView® 3 management software, and MergePoint® Infrastructure Explorer solutions provide the energy monitoring, automation, and detailed reporting functionality necessary to enable a comprehensive power management solution across the entire business IT support stack. To learn more, download “Best Practices in Power Management: From Desktop to Data Center” for free at: http://www.avocent.com/whitepapers.aspx

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Avocent delivers IT operations management solutions that reduce operating costs, simplify management, and increase the availability of critical IT environments 24/7 via integrated, centralized software. Additional information is available atwww.avocent.com.

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