LONDON – 17th April 2012 – Verdiem, a leader in IT energy management and efficiency software, has successfully deployed its Surveyor solution at Staffordshire University. In an effort to control rising electricity costs, and as part of its ongoing Green Initiative drive, Staffordshire University selected Verdiem Surveyor to help reduce power wastage across its estate of over 4,000 PCs deployed across multiple sites for staff and student use.
Following a competitive tender and a pilot deployment, Staffordshire University placed an order for 4,000 Surveyor licences. Verdiem’s Surveyor solution enables organisations to centrally control and reduce the energy used by PCs on their network by up to 60 percent, without impacting either end-users or existing IT processes. The combination of cutting PC energy usage and reducing overall carbon footprint proves particularly attractive, and typically delivers an immediate return on investment for major institutions such as Staffordshire University.
“Verdiem’s Surveyor solution has enabled us to quickly and easily save energy across the University’s 4,000-plus PC estate,” said Jay Burke, Senior IT Officer (Client Tech & App) Information Services, Staffordshire University. “Using Surveyor, we saw an immediate saving of 60 percent on student PC power usage and 25 percent on staff PCs. We’re now on course to achieve a full return on our Verdiem investment within a single year.”
“More importantly, Surveyor is proving a highly flexible solution – allowing us to design ‘policies’ for each different set of PCs according to usage – whether it’s for staff, students, or specific faculties such as our Media Department that needs to run PCs continuously for high performance video or rendering applications,” adds Jay. “With Verdiem, we’re able to save power without getting in the way of the needs of our staff and students.”
Staffordshire University discovered that during its first measured period since going live with Verdiem Surveyor, its student PCs were already using 60 percent less electricity - equivalent to some £27,000 per year. In addition, staff PCs were also making a significant saving by using 25 percent less power. These initial savings alone will ensure that Staffordshire University achieves a full return on its Verdiem Surveyor investment within the first year.
Steve Bignell, Technical Director for Verdiem, explains: “When switched on, the average PC draws 65 watts of electricity, 3 when suspended (standby), and 1 watt when completely turned off. Each monitor also draws 35 watts when on, 2 in sleep mode and zero when off. On an individual PC basis this doesn’t equate to massive savings – but when you’re a large organisation such as Staffordshire University and you have thousands of PCs spread out across multiple locations and campuses, these figures combine to create thousands of pounds worth of wasted power consumption. With power costs continuing to rise, the opportunity to make savings through more efficient energy usage is an attractive bottom-line gain for those organisations with lots of PCs.”
About Staffordshire University
The University has four main campuses, two in Stoke-on-Trent and two in Stafford and a co-funded University Centre in Lichfield (SULC). There are also bases in Shrewsbury and Telford.
20,000 on-campus students make up the University's vibrant cultural mix from the UK and around the world. The University also runs a number of vocational courses, including a wide range of employer-backed foundation degrees, through its long-established network of further education colleges throughout Staffordshire and into Shropshire.
The University provides an extensive range of courses at foundation, certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level in the areas of: arts, media and design; business and law; computing, engineering and technology; and health and sciences. More information is available at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/