On June 10, 2011 IBM released a new version of our core energy management solution - IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management. This solution monitors and manages energy, and helps gain insight into energy and thermal information for IT equipment, data center infrastructure and facilities equipment from a central point of control. We’re particularly excited about this release because it further extends our capabilities to help customers optimize energy and environmental management both inside and outside of the data center.
Additionally, this release provides a generic building agent based on Open Standards (OPC) to make it easy to deliver data collection across a broad set of Building Management Systems, adds the ability to model devices and define associated predictive analytics to manage energy consumption, and extends collection of energy management metrics to IBM zEnterprise.
Why is this so important? Energy management is no longer just an option for organizations; it’s a strategic imperative. Companies are increasingly implementing not just traditional economically sustainability strategies, but also explicitly including more intangible strategies related to environmental and social sustainability. As a result, they are realizing that ‘going green’ positively affects not only their bottom line, but brand image. That coupled with pending government legislation proposing reductions in energy consumption and cuts in CO2 emissions make it imperative to understand and improve the environmental management of their data center, buildings and beyond.