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November 16, 2009 |

Spiceworks Adds Green Feature to IT Desktop

Free IT management software plug-in enables remote power consumption regulation for networked devices.

Spiceworks Inc. has introduced a new plug-in for its free social IT management software application, IT Desktop.†

The Spiceworks IT Desktop is a free social IT management application that’s used by over 800,000 IT professionals and 75,000 MSPs worldwide.

The plug-in enables remote, automatic power consumption regulation for networked computers. The downloadable Power Manager plug-in was developed by Spiceworks in cooperation with Intel Corp.

According to Spiceworks, Power Manger was designed to link “everyday network and systems management tasks with green IT initiatives.” Spiceworks estimates that if half its 800,000 users worldwide deploy the new power management plug-in, more than $500 million in annual electricity costs would be saved and three million tons of carbon dioxide emissions would be eliminated.

“Building more energy-efficient PCs and devices is only one step in making IT green,” says Scott Abel, co-founder and CEO of Spiceworks. “The software that manages networked devices can also play a more active role in saving energy.” He adds, “Today with the help of Intel, we’ve tuned the Spiceworks IT Desktop software to do just that so our growing network of businesses can do more to save money and help the environment.”

The new Power Manager plug-in features:

  • Remote Power Consumption Management–This enables users to remotely manage the power consumption of PCs, laptops, and other networked device, including the ability to use Wake On LAN and Intel vPro technology features to power-on and -off devices based on schedules and other criteria.
  • Power Management Dashboard–This shows a visual map of networked machines and devices that are powered on or off.
  • Dollar Savings View–This display shows estimated dollars saved per day and month based on current price per kilowatt-hour and watts used by networked devices.

“Many organizations are adding environmental sustainability goals to their constant search for new opportunities to be socially responsible and to save money,” says Rick Echevarria, vice president and general manager for Intel, business client platforms. “Our collaboration with Spiceworks to develop the Power Manager plug-in for Intel Core2 processors with vPro technology-based PCs, provides businesses a cost-efficient way to more carefully and actively manage the valuable energy consumed by their IT networks.”

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