Green initiatives can take any number of forms, from energy-saving server virtualization initiatives to travel-cutting telepresence implementations to Earth-friendly e-waste recycling projects. Similarly, the underlying goal (or goals) behind a given green project can vary from company to company. One organization might have its sights set on reducing its carbon footprint. Another might be fixated on slashing energy bills. Yet another might be working to develop products that meet particular legislation (such a ROHS) or standards (such as Energy Star).
There is, however, one common thread among all green initiatives: In order to determine whether you've achieved your goals, you need to measure progress -- be that in terms of reduced carbon emissions, kilowatt hours saved, tons of e-waste properly recycled, positive publicity received, increased employee morale from contributing to the greater good, and so forth. Without a means to measure progress, you have no way of knowing whether your green endeavors are bearing fruit.
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Therein lies the appeal of CA's released ecoSoftware line, comprising ecoMeter and ecoGovernance. The two complementary offerings (available separately) are designed to keep organizations focused on both the progress and purpose of their sustainability initiatives. The ecoMeter software is designed to gather a wealth data, in real time, from a wide array of sources: IT infrastructure, PDUs, backup generators, PCs, utilities -- even washing machines. Available as a software-as-a-service offering, ecoGovernance is aimed at helping organizations plan and track sustainability initiatives, all while ensuring said projects align with the organization's overall green objectives.
Having witnessed both products in action, I can appreciate the value that either, or both, can bring to the table. Getting one's hands around a sustainability-oriented project is no easy matter, but CA appears to have devised a potent pair of products that can help organizations keep an eye on the green prize.
Measuring at the source
ecoMeter's aim is to gather a wealth of data, in real time, from virtually any energy-consuming device. Devices include -- but are by no means limited to -- PDUs, UPSes, backup generators, branch circuits, CRAC units, building management systems, utilities, servers, and PCs. Data that can be extracted includes energy consumption, temperature, air flow, humidity, as well as fuel and water levels.