As you may have observed by now, ecoMeter isn't strictly about measuring power consumption to achieve traditional green objectives; it can also function as a datacenter monitoring tool. You can, for example, set up alerts when a piece of equipment exceeds a specific threshold or if the system recognizes unusual trends. For example, you might get an alert when a piece of equipment is functioning at a dangerously high temperature or if there's a sudden flux in energy consumption. It's all highly customizable.
ecoMeter's uses go beyond monitoring equipment traditionally associated with IT. One of CA's customers is a hotel chain seeking to reduce the costs and environmental impact of its laundry facilities. By hooking up adapters in select laundry rooms and running ecoMeter, the company was able to determine the best way to manage laundry more efficiently at all of its sites.
Staying on course
Suppose, one day, your CEO declares that your company needs to cut its carbon footprint by 20 percent over the next five years -- and the task of overseeing that initiative falls in your lap. The job might seem a bit daunting at first blush when you consider just how many sources contribute to your company's carbon footprint: computers, servers, lights, HVAC, manufacturing equipment, travel, and so forth. It's a long list. Your role is to identify those sources, measure your current carbon footprint, then devise ways to reduce it. You then need to continue measuring progress on an ongoing basis to ensure the company's on target to hit that 20 percent cut. That's a lot of balls to juggles. CA's ecoGovernance aims to make the task more manageable.
In many respects, ecoGovernance is a project-management solution with a sustainability tilt. It provides the tools to track activities that tie in to any number of overarching green-oriented objectives, providing both a big picture and a granular view of how various projects are helping or hindering progress.
Suppose your company is, in fact, determined to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent. The first step would be to gather all the data, such as energy and fuel consumption. That data can be added to the ecoGovernance system in three ways: First, it could be manually inputted. Second, it can be uploaded from spreadsheets, which some companies use for tracking energy consumption, travel, and the like. Finally, ecoGovernance is capable of interacting with existing systems that store the type of data you require.
Drawing on that data, ecoGovernance can determine your organization's total energy consumption -- broken down by source -- as well as associated carbon footprint. The system is designed to take into account factors such as where your various facilities are located. (Some utilities use cleaner sources of fuel than others, resulting in lower carbon emissions.)