The case for PC Power Management with TaskForceCO2

Here are 3 typical Case Studies that show the benefits of TaskForceCO2 in 3 different scenarios …

Case Study A.

How conventional Licensing can prove expensive …

A Large College has 1150 PCs serving 4 College Campuses. Their current Power Management solution (not TaskForceCO2) charges £8 per PC with a 50% annual renewal fee for the Licence, Support and Upgrades.

If the College was to merge with another College the new merged Colleges PCs would not be covered and additional licence would be required as they would if the existing College just acquired more PCs.

The total cost for the solution is £9,200 with an annual renewal of £4,600. If the College doesn’t renew the software will stop working and the Licence is revoked.

Over a 5 Year period the software will have cost £27,600.

TaskForceCO2 under the same criteria would cost £4995 for an Ultimate Gold Licence. The Ultimate Gold Licence is not restricted to 1150 PCs, it’s an Unlimited Licence so it doesn’t matter if the College grows its PC population. The Licence covers all the PCs they have now and all the PCs they acquire in the future.

Ultimate Gold is a Perpetual Licence with Lifetime Support and Upgrades so there are no annual renewals. The software will not stop working.

If the College merges, all the merged Colleges PCs would be covered as Ultimate Gold is a Multi-Site Unlimited PC Licence.

Overall, The Ultimate Gold Licence offers more value and more flexibility and would save the College £22,605 on top of the energy savings.


 

Case Study B.

The Manual Policy …

An NHS Trust has 2500 PCs. The Trust used to utilise another Power Management Software but the licence costs became too excessive to justify its continued use. The IT Team decided to rely on scripts to shut down PCs after hours.

The main problem they now have is that far too often device drivers that are out of date or software that hasn’t been closed properly is preventing the PCs from being shut down.

On top of this, they often don’t know that the PC wasn’t shut down and as a result the Trust continues to lose money powering unused PCs. With no formal structure, they cannot group PCs by their Power management requirements instead of their normal LDAP so they cannot assign a particular power scheme to PCs grouped for various reasons like Servers which don’t want power management, Managers who are excluded, particular locations that require more events than others, etc.

TaskForceCO2 on the other hand would cost them just £4995 for a Perpetual Licence and in turn it would force PCs to shut down so the problem didn’t arise. With the added benefit of financial and CO2 savings reports, the Trust can easily see that PCs are being shut down when required.

The Trust needs to shut down just 30 PCs with TaskForceCO2 that otherwise would be left on all year to get a full return, year 1.

When no Power Management Software is used allowing automatic wake ups are often not deployed. If the PCs are not set to be woken up ready for the start of the day then time and money is wasted whilst users wonder off waiting for PCs to re-boot.

TaskForceCO2 allows for multiple wake events per day and has a unique ‘Wake on Demand’ feature.


 

Case Study C.

The problem with doing nothing …

A Secondary School has 750 PCs. They currently don’t deploy any power management software and they have not set up scripts or policies. Instead, they rely on staff and students to shut down PCs when they leave for the evening.

Unfortunately, many don’t do this. Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to wait for them to shut down or they don’t want to wait for them to wake up in the morning or they simply don’t see it as their responsibility.

Some might turn off the Monitor or let it go to a screen saver but screen savers don’t save money, they save screens. Either way it means many of the 250 PCs are left on every night.

If one PC is left on overnight and all weekend all year it can increase the electricity costs by around £160. If 40% of the Schools PCs never shut down that’s a direct waste of £16,000 per year.

On top of that, because the PCs are not getting regular shut downs they have an increased likeliness to hang due memory not being cleared out and device drivers never finishing. This creates more work for support and has a substantial effect on productivity.

A School TaskForceCO2 Licence would cost the School around £500 which they would recover in savings in less than 3 weeks, making a gross saving of £15,500 per year.

The per PC Licence is perpetual so the Licence will work in-definitely.

Alternately the School could encourage their Local Education Authority to invest in an LEA Licence. The LEA Licence is affordable and allows TaskForceCO2 to be used on any PC in any School in the County. Prices on request.


 

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