Faced with pressure to reduce energy consumption and costs, PC power management has come under the spotlight in the last 12 months. However, many solutions in the market run into IT pushback because IT is heavily burdened with patching, updating and other activities that seem to conflict with putting PCs into low power states.
A typical, large organization will expend substantial resources patching and updating PCs across its network. In addition to potential business disruption, travel and overtime costs, the inevitable delays inherent in this way of working can significantly increase exposure to risk through compromising security. For example, if a patch is required for PCs across a geographically dispersed network, the time it takes to travel to each site and undertake the required maintenance can leave systems exposed and vulnerable to costly viruses or attacks. Add to this the possibility that the computers will be asleep or off when this maintenance is attempted, and the success rates can drop even further.
The answer comes in PC Power Management solutions that integrate into an IT department’s desktop management solution (like Microsoft’s SCCM), to deliver integrated, seamless wake across the Wide Area Network – providing a tool to increase patching and maintenance success rates, yet allowing for PC energy savings of up to 60%.
Waking up to 60% Energy Savings
Such systems interface with any device to wake it up at any time in order to apply instant security patches or updates as part of planned maintenance. And for ad hoc or emergency patches, users no longer need to leave their PCs on overnight in order that they can be accessed remotely.
A quick, cost effective and intuitive enhancement to IT operations, a true managed wake solution seamlessly integrates with your infrastructure to deliver clear ROI, typically in 6-12 months, as well as redeploying valuable IT resources into all-important digitalisation initiatives and projects. And in order that IT departments can demonstrate value through calculating cost savings to report back to the business, detailed reporting capabilities within the application pinpoint wake success rate, which exceeds 95%, and specify wake periods.
200 Hours Annual Savings
One company seeing clear benefits as a result of using managed wake is banking and investment provider Hughes Federal Credit Union. Faced with the task of updating PCs across 39 separate branches twice a year, as well as applying ad hoc patches in between these windows, the process was incredibly time consuming. Geographically dispersed, for each branch visit keys and alarm codes were needed adding further complexity to the process.
Furthermore, if a user had an issue with their machine, they would be asked to leave it switched on overnight which not only posed security concerns, but if the PC was shut down in error, the team would be unable to carry out maintenance.
Having deployed Avolin’s Verdiem managed wake solution, Hughes now manages all upgrades centrally, eliminating the need for branch travel, and saving around 200 man-hours annually. In addition, security and risk are much improved, which in an industry where compliance is key, is paramount.
Greater Control, Increased Confidence
Through managing PC updates centrally and remotely, organizations can truly have greater control and confidence across a number of areas. As well as reducing the energy output of PCs, improving your carbon footprint and cutting costs, security is more robust and risk is reduced. Crucially, IT resources can be deployed into projects which support strategy and add value to the organization.
For more information on how managed wake can reduce your PC power management costs, improve security and reduce risk, contact [email protected].