MSP Today Expert Feature
January 30, 2013

JouleX JEM 4.0 Platform Offers Energy Management, Cloud Service Opportunities for MSPs

JouleX has announced a new version of its enterprise-class energy management solution, designed to reduce the total cost of ownership of network and data infrastructure.

The JouleX Energy Manager (JEM) platform version 4.0 is geared toward managed service providers (MSP) and enterprises, and is designed for data centers, distributed office environments and facilities.

JEM 4.0 helps MSPs and enterprises alike realize immediate and long-term cost savings as well as a quicker time to benefit. The software-defined, network-based energy management platform dynamically measures energy consumption and utilization of all network-connected devices and systems.

This helps organizations gain visibility into power usage across the network and offers autonomous control policies so companies may identify and reduce waste.

The latest version of the platform offers a distributed, cloud-based architecture for improved scalability and efficiency, which is particularly useful for MSPs, who may also offer energy management as a cloud-based service for their customers. The solution also provides centralized management and reporting for deploying policies and controlling all devices and systems connected to the platform.

Role-based access and management are also enabled to assign specific roles, permissions and access to different users within an enterprise. The platform offers multi-dimensional graphic visualization for a "single pane of glass" view into data centers, including floor and rack graphics modeled after the data center topology to show the physical, network and energy layers of a facility.

Expanded data center infrastructure coverage has also been added, which includes support for Hyper-V, servers, power distribution units (PDUs), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), NetApp storage devices, EMC (News - Alert) and fan speed and temperature sensors.

"JEM 4.0 provides a tremendous new opportunity for our customers to globally scale their energy management capabilities across their global enterprises and for our partners to deliver new managed energy services from the cloud to their customers," said Tom Noonan, president and CEO at JouleX. "Importantly, it sets the stage for a much larger vision we have for the future of energy management, and one that operates on a powerful and massive economic scale. From here, we can see a future where JEM is the enabling technology for 'energy exchanges' that manage capacity and loads across the energy supply chain to a collection of exchanges managing the internet of things. It's truly an exciting time to be in this market."

Managed energy solutions can provide a valuable revenue opportunity for MSPs, differentiating them from competitors while lowering their own total cost of services. According to JouleX, MSPs can reduce port costs by up to $50 per port, per year over a three- to five-year period.

This lowers the total cost of ownership of network infrastructure while helping customers fund their reinvestment in new resources and infrastructure.

Edited by Braden Becker