As the notion of a perimeter disappears, and we see the continued proliferation of an increasing number of traditional and non-traditional endpoints, such as servers, desktop PCs, laptops, ATMs, point-of-sale devices, and self-service kiosks, organizations are looking for a comprehensive approach to how they best manage and secure all of their endpoints. This includes, but is not limited to, identifying all of the endpoints that you have in your environment, managing the complete lifecycle of that endpoint, providing continuous security and compliance, effectively deploying patches in a timely manner and finally, managing the power usage of that endpoint.
Tivoli Endpoint Manager, built on BigFix technology, can address all of those needs, but in this blog, I want to focus on that last piece of the conversation, because it is one that does not immediately come to mind when people are typically thinking about the most critical elements of managing an endpoint. However, we have seen that effective power management is something that can actually pay for all of the other benefits that Tivoli Endpoint Manager can provide. You can ultimately end up saving money, the environment, and in the process, deploy critical security and systems management controls across all of your endpoints (even the ones you didn’t originally know you had).
In a recent article (click here), Penn State wrote about their deployment of Big Fix (now called Tivoli Endpoint Manager) and indicated that it could save them about $800,000 annually. At a large university like
One of the objections that people often bring up when it comes to power management for the endpoint is that it can interfere with the patch process. This is one of the areas where the convergence of security and systems management is so important. The policies that you create and enforce from a systems management perspective need to work hand-in-hand with the policies related to security management. For that reason, Tivoli Endpoint Manager was built on the core concepts of convergence, scalability and granular policy setting. It allows an IT staff to automatically wake computers at a designated time, apply required patches or enforce configuration policies, reboot, and then bring the endpoint back down to a hibernated, low energy state, or shut it down altogether.
The integrated patch and power management capabilities of
For more information on Tivoli Endpoint Manager, please visit http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/solutions/endpoint/