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Power saving stratagies

I've just been appointed as the IT person in charge of electricity conservation in our company. This is a new aspect of the job for me so I'm asking for some direction. Any useful docs or specific information would be appreciated. I need to figure out how much power is currently consumed by IT hardware including hundreds of Dell desktops and servers, HP network switches and various other hardware. I then need to formulate power saving strategies that do not interfere with virus scans and batch processes in the middle of the night and coincide with the 24 hour nature of our business (some offices close, others do not). I also have to be able to show the theoretical amount saved by the changes. Thanks in advance for any help.
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csaint00
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KavostylinCommented:
Hi there,

i can give you a suggestion in response to your Server's and IT Infrastructure.
I would always suggest virtualisation if power saving is where you are aiming. Virtualisation will not only drastically decrease your power footprint but also ensure that you are utilising as much of the equipment as possible.

http://www.visguy.com/2009/04/14/rack-server-virtualization-add-in/

have a look at this Visio Add-In from microsoft i think it will help you with the design and also the presentation of your plan going forward.

Hope it helps

KAVO
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csaint00Author Commented:
Thanks for the fast response, we are currently utilizing virtualization for most of our servers.
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nobusCommented:
for measuring the power consumption, a kill-a-watt is a must   http://www.p3international.com/products/special/P4400/P4400-CE.html

then you should list up when all the activities are scheduled, only then you can start making adjustments
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dbruntonCommented:
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/07/1358247&tid=232

The Infoworld article and the Slashdot comments might help.
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CallandorCommented:
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
Are the workstations vPro enabled? If so you can power them on, run the virus scan, power them off again remotely rather than leaving them on all night.
www.intel.com/technology/vpro/index.htm
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