Cisco Goes Green with Energy Gauging

Networking company to measure power use from data centers
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2007 10:42 AM CST
Cisco worker Sehjung Hah plays with huge model of a working Cisco phone in the lobby of Cisco headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Cisco Systems Inc. is expected to announce its first-quarter...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Green-minded Cisco Systems is looking to improve energy efficiency by monitoring power consumption, operating temperature, and more from its enterprise data network. With energy costs and global warming worries escalating, Cisco plans to expand beyond communications and use its data network to help companies manage their power use and prevent servers from overheating and shutting down.

Collection and analysis of information on power use is key in the age of virtualization, PC World notes; Cisco will use software on routers and switches to collect the data and
then forward it to companies, allowing them to make adjustments and to bill individual departments for their energy use, reports PCWorld. Cisco hopes to implement the technology within 3 years.