Energy Audit from IGEL

By | September 28, 2015

By the end of the year approximately 92,000 companies have to carry igelout an energy audit in Germany, so it wants the Energy Services Act. But where and how can we effectively save electricity? Often take a look at the work-IT, the centralized and with thin clients much more energy efficient and ecological can operate.

Bremen September 28, 2015 – The countdown has begun! Until December 5 companies from 250 employees or more than 50 million euros in sales and more than EUR 43 million annual balance sheet total must check their energy consumption by means of energy audit. Qualified actual analysis aimed at planning of appropriate conservation measures. Away from the traditional areas such as building insulation or lighting but often dormant while undiscovered potential in the form of power-intensive workstation PCs that are functionally no longer necessary for a modern IT operations. With a centralized IT and thin clients on the desks of the energy consumption is reduced, depending on the application scenario to 61-77 percent. If parts of the IT outsourced to an external service, the ecological balance improves further. Thanks to the simpler manageability of thin clients provides the energy audit at the same time the chance to simplify IT management.

Regardless of whether the energy audit has already taken place or is still pending, many companies have already begun to measure IT-related energy and resource consumption and lower. In general, however, these efforts are focused solely on the data center. The computer workstation often remains unnoticed. It has been a study of the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT 2011 * shown that an infrastructure of thin clients and virtual desktops reduces power consumption sustainable. Depending on the application scenario and user type drop energy consumption and electricity costs for terminal and data center cooling portion including opposite a functionally comparable, energy-efficient PC to 61-77 percent. If a thin client used solely for internet access in the context of cloud computing, the savings even reached a value of 88 percent.

Further savings can also obtain the universal remote administration of thin clients. While PCs because of the long start-up times often do not shut down after work and so through the night and on weekends, thin clients are put into practice automatically over the network in the sleep mode and then take only about 1 watt of power. In addition, can also make maintenance and support drives superfluous remote management solutions such as the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS). If, contrary to expectations, a thin client, simply close the site staff themselves a replacement unit to which configures itself within a few minutes automatically over the network. The management software UMS is included with every IGEL thin client and zero client solutions.

Outsourcing with client as a Service (CLAAS)

A comprehensive remote management also forms the basis for a special type of thin client usage. Make client as a Service offerings from the office computer, a service within the meaning of a well-scalable service. As part of a CLAAS agreement represents the provider’s customers for a monthly fee a complete Workplace available – including Thin, Zero or software thin clients and device management. This only falls the power consumption for the thin client hardware into their own energy balance. Further advantages over the internal operation are the high cost transparency, resulting from the conversion of to be activated acquisition costs in monthly.


Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

der Countdown läuft! Bis zum 5. Dezember müssen Unternehmen ab 250 Mitarbeitern oder mehr als 50 Millionen Euro Umsatz und mehr als 43 Millionen Euro Jahresbilanzsumme ihren Energieverbrauch mittels Energieauditüberprüfen. Die qualifizierte Ist-Analyse zielt auf die Planung entsprechender Einsparmaßnahmen ab. Abseits der klassischen Bereiche wie Gebäudedämmung oder Beleuchtung schlummert dabei jedoch nicht selten unentdecktes Potential in Form von verbrauchsintensiven Arbeitsplatz-PCs,die für einen modernen IT-Betrieb funktionell gar nicht mehr nötig sind.

Mit einer zentralisierten IT und Thin Clients auf den Schreibtischen sinkt der Energieverbrauch je nach Einsatzszenario um 61 bis 77 Prozent. Werden Teile der IT im Rahmen eines Client as a Service-Angebotes (ClaaS) an einen externen Dienstleister ausgelagert, verbessert sich die Ökobilanz weiter. Dank der einfacheren Verwaltbarkeit von Thin Clients bietet das Energieaudit gleichzeitig die Chance, auch das IT-Management zu vereinfachen.

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