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University of Michigan Bridges IT and Facilities Management With BigFix Patch & Power Management PurchasePilot Deployment Increases Efficiencies and Cost Savings Across Campus, Supports Eco-Friendly IT Efforts (September 15, 2009)
EMERYVILLE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/15/09 -- Following a successful pilot project, University of Michigan (U-M) has committed to a 10,000 seat licensing agreement with BigFix, Inc. U-M will use BigFix to automate desktop power management; U-M has validated that using power management tools on desktop systems can reduce energy consumption, saving on costs.
Deployment of BigFix Power Management is the latest evolution of U-M's long-standing efforts to adopt eco-friendly IT practices. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative at U-M (CSCI @ U-M) is sponsoring the initial deployment of this suite of tools to help system administrators manage multiple desktop machines, PCs or Macs, in an environmentally friendly manner across a distributed IT setting. Participating U-M units have the ability to customize power management programs tailored to work group or individual needs.
"BigFix is one way to help automate the implementation of power management, and it fits with our overall strategy of making eco-friendly computing as simple as possible for the end-user," said Bill Wrobleski, U-M director of infrastructure services, Information and Technology Services. "Additionally, the resulting power utilization data will help us to measure the success of eco-friendly computing practices and quantify its effectiveness. The data will enable us to focus our attention on the areas with the biggest future gains and demonstrate the value of our work to the University community."
U-M has an estimated 80,000 desktops across its Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Initially, BigFix will be deployed on 10,000 desktops. CSCI @ U-M hopes that this initial engagement with BigFix and its other green computing efforts will inspire others to consider energy consumption of IT devices and adopt eco-friendly practices.
Climate Savers Computing Initiative @ U-M
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) is a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations. The goal is to promote green computing practices and specifically the development, deployment and adoption of smart technologies that can both improve the efficiency of a computer's power delivery and reduce the energy consumed when the computer is in an inactive state.
Due to the University of Michigan's size, research expertise, complexity and academic strength, along with the depth and breadth of its scholarly resources it was selected as a founding member of CSCI in 2007. University of Michigan has a reputation for award-winning environmental initiatives.
Founded in 1997, the BigFix®, Inc. solutions support a global portfolio of A-list organizations in government, finance, retail, educational, industrial and public utility sectors. BigFix revolutionizes IT infrastructure management by replacing fragmented collections of single-purpose tools with the industry's only unified visibility and control architecture that consolidates up to 18 security, IT compliance, decision support, and green computing functions. For more information, visit www.bigfix.com, follow BigFix on Twitter @BigFix, or stay in touch on the BigFix Facebook page, http://tinyurl.com/mvn9nu.
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