So when everyone goes home in the evening, do those VoIP phones need to be powered on?  Is anyone really using Wireless?  That is money just being tossed out the window and who isn’t fighting with budgets for more money these days.  So Cisco released earlier this year a new technology initiative focused around this problem of reducing power consumption and lowering your carbon footprint, you can read more about it here - http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10195/index.html

 

We worked with Cisco with the launch of this new initiative and in our Orion NPM 9.5 and NCM 5.5 releases, introduced some functionality specifically around this.  I will focus here on NPM and not steal Chris, the NCM Product Managers, thunder of what he did in NCM for EnergyWise.  For NPM, we have introduced an EnergyWise-specific view into the product, which his not enabled by default.  To add this, go to the Admin page in the web console and select Customize Menu Bars, select the appropriate menu bar you want to edit and click edit.   You will need to drag over the EnergyWise view to your Select Items as seen in the second screenshot below and click submit.

 

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OK, so I have added it now what do I do with it?  So we have a report which we ship with called an EnergyWise readiness report which looks at your nodes in NPM and tells you which hardware supports EnergyWise and if the OS version supports it or not.  This is a good starting point to help you plan for moving to EnergyWise.

 

So you have devices that support EnergyWise and you have upgraded them to the appropriate OS, now what?  So now we will begin polling EnergyWise statistics and showing them to you at a global, node and interface level view of Energy use.

 

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If you drill down to the node details view, you can view power usage at the node level and look at each port and what its current power level is and the node level EnergyWise settings.  See above.

 

If you drill down to a specific port, you can see a weekly EnergyWise Recurrence Policy calendar amongst other things which shows you when the device connected to that port will change power levels based on the defined policies.

 

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