Avocent Delivers New Kilowatt-Killing Technology

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New Landesk tools helps to contain energy costs by bringing real time energy measurement to the desktop and the data center while helping companies to reduce their carbon footprint.

In today’s world of spiraling energy costs, CIOs are looking to squeeze every kilowatt out of the data center and minimize the power footprint of every desktop PC, creating an almost insurmountable challenge to solution providers and the systems administrators they support.

While energy savings may start with common-sense policies, those policies are often difficult to enforce and measure. Avocent is aiming to bring the "green" monster under control with the latest enhancements to Landesk Management Suite and related hardware.

For the server room, the company has introduced a new line of IP-enabled power strips that give unprecedented control over what devices are powered on or off. For the data center, the company goes one step further with the introduction of intelligent power distribution units (iPDUs) that work closely with DSView 3 Power Manager software. The new iPDUs allow system administrators to meter energy consumption down to the outlet level. That helps to rationalize which components are drawing the most energy and helps administrators to pursue the path of virtualization by using power consumption as a catalyst for consolidation.

Perhaps the biggest "green" news out of Avocent is the introduction of increased power management capabilities to the company’s popular Landesk Management Suite. Users can now define power-related policies and deploy those policies down to desktop PCs. The new policy capabilities are accompanied by "green" reporting tools, which allow admins to analyze and document power use trends and policy impact. Those new capabilities allow admins to instantly determine the ROI of power-saving policies and possibly give companies access to electric company rebates.

Landesk’s new "green" features may make the product a credible competitor to Verdiem’s Surveyor and help to bring green technology to the forefront of facilities management.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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