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Microsoft App Reduces PC Energy Use Up to 80 Percent

Microsoft has created a new application with the potential to reduce energy use by personal computers by up to 80 percent, according to a report in PC World. According to the report, which cited a Microsoft study of the application titled “Sleepless in Seattle No Longer.”

The study took place over six months and included 50 PC users. Researchers developed a “sleep proxy” which allows the computer to enter sleep mode when not in use, but remain connected to the network. The computer can then be “reawakened” by the user or IT administrator either directly or remotely when its resources are needed. The paper stated that implementation of the sleep proxy by large enterprises could create several millions of dollars worth of savings.

The system Microsoft implemented allowed computers to sleep more than 50 percent of the time. The system is composed of two components, the SleepServer and SleepNotifier programs. According to a second study on the SleepServer component, energy savings from implementing the system could range from 60 to 80 percent. Fifty to 80 percent of electricity use in modern buildings can be attributed to IT use, according to the second study.

Microsoft plans to present the paper at the Usenix conference in Boston. The software company recently won the Uptime Institute’s Audacious Idea Award for its data center efficiency strategy. The company also recently unveiled its Hohm tool for computing home energy use.

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2 thoughts on “Microsoft App Reduces PC Energy Use Up to 80 Percent

  1. It is nice to see that Microsoft is making a commitment to reducing IT’s carbon footprint. Even as we try and make the transition to a mostly paperless office, the resulting increased demand on servers and IT systems across the business world is pushing up usage and mitigating the benefits of the reduction in paper waste. There are certainly a number of simple things that individuals and businesses can take to reduce the amount of energy consumed by IT, and these types of programs and systems management software represent a crucial step in helping to ensure that we are not simply running in place as we gradually move away towards a more virtual office.

    Microsoft also held its Smart and Simple Strategies Conference in Cleveland two weeks ago, and it included a session on greening your IT. Small businesses interested in this should read Nicole Stika’s blog post on this topic – http://bit.ly/93xDJH.

    – Tim Kovach,
    Product Coordinator, Energy at COSE
    http://www.cose.org/blog
    http://www.twitter.com/COSEenergy

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