CASE STUDY
Faronics Power Save and Howard Community College
“ Power Save helps organizations gain the benefits of energy management without any investment in expensive server technology."
- Sung Lee, Howard Community College
Challenges faced

Howard Community College (HCC) is an award-winning higher education institution located in Columbia, Maryland. In addition to the computers used by the 500+ employees of HCC, the IT department of HCC maintains 2020 student workstations and 27 servers campus-wide. The Director of Student Computer Support for Howard Community College recognized that there was no need for HCC’s computers to be running during periods where computer labs were not being used. HCC needed a power management solution that allowed them to maximize energy savings while computers were not in use, while still allowing users to quickly wake computers up when they were needed.

A Solution That Worked

The intelligent energy management features of Faronics Power Save was exactly what Howard Community College needed. Power Save has a unique feature that no other energy management software has—the ability to initiate energy conservation policies based on CPU, disk, and application activity. Power Save also enables IT administrators to prevent any energy management from taking place when certain applications are running. HCC is saving $4200 per month—that works out to over $50,000 in energy savings per year! That’s $50,000 that Howard Community College now has to buy new IT equipment and software, hire more personnel, or invest into employee training.

Howard Community College Saves $50,000 Per Year By Reducing Computer Energy Waste
by Braden Cave 

Rising energy costs and the growing desire to be environmentally-responsible led Howard Community College on a mission to green their campus with power management software.

Recognizing that there was room for savings in their computing technology, HCC needed a power management software solution that allowed them to maximise energy savings while computers were not in use, while still allowing users to quickly wake computers up when they were needed.

“Initially, we installed Power Save on two computers and then evaluated it for over a month,” says Sung Lee, Director of Student Computer Support for Howard Community College. “In September of 2007, we deployed Power Save campus-wide on all student workstations.” HCC did evaluate alternative energy management solutions, but found Power Save to be the best balance between staff, student, and IT needs.

Howard Community College discovered the benefits of Faronics Power Save—a power management software solution that ensures workstations are available when system resources are required, while conserving power during productivity downtimes. Power Save provides organizations with real financial and energy savings on every computer deployed, as well as centralized workstation power status control.

Now, Howard Community College is helping to reduce their carbon footprint and their energy bill by using an effective power management solution. Among its many awards, HCC has been recognized as a Top-Tech Savvy Community College by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges.

 

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Faronics Power Save and Howard Community College