Cisco EnergyWise to measure energy consumption of IP devices and building systems

Cisco is laying the ground work for its anticipated blade server with integrated switching and virtualization launch at mid-year with the unveiling today of additions to its Nexus switching family and enhancements to its Catalyst products. You can read the full details of the new products in Jim Duffy's story, and view a slideshow of what's being launched.

What's interesting is EnergyWise, a free software upgrade for the Catalyst to proactively measure, report and reduce the energy consumption of IP devices such as phones, laptops and access points. Cisco has made available the APIs so third-parties could potentially enable EnergyWise to manage the power consumption for entire building systems such as lights, elevators and air conditioning/heating, writes Duffy. Just imagine the control that would give Cisco in the data center.

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