Q. What kind of products are a part of the Cisco EnergyWise ecosystem?
A. The Cisco EnergyWise ecosystem features three different product categories from the network perspective:
• Endpoints: These are the power consumers. They are typically Power over Ethernet (PoE), Universal Power over Ethernet (UPOE), and non-PoE devices that connect to the network. Increasingly, this category includes nontraditional network devices such as facility controllers, lighting, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and so on.
• Domain members: These are the switches, routers, and network controllers that make up the data network proper. They are like endpoints in that they draw power, but they also have the special ability to act together to propagate messages across the network to form a Cisco EnergyWise domain with other domain members and endpoints. A Cisco EnergyWise domain is much like a community in network management, except that the Cisco EnergyWise domain forms a unit of power management.
• Managers: These are the control applications and devices that use Cisco EnergyWise features to measure, monitor, and manage power consumption. Management solutions can use Cisco EnergyWise queries to act as the point of control for one or more Cisco EnergyWise domains.
Cisco EnergyWise managers include increasing integration with building management systems (BMSs), extending the reach beyond campus IT.
A. The Cisco EnergyWise Fast-Start Program, which has been created in conjunction with JouleX, Verdiem, and Nimsoft (CA Technologies), is a program designed to assist new customers who want to identify and ultimately control energy consumption of their ICT devices using Cisco EnergyWise. The program features three Fast-Start $0 SKUs that provide Cisco customers with a no-cost, limited-functionality license for an energy management application. For more details, download the Fast-Start PowerPoint presentation at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps10195/fast-start_sku_bdm.pptx.
Q. What does Fast-Start do for me?
A. Cisco's EnergyWise technology already gives Cisco Catalyst® 4500, 3700, and 3500 switch customers the opportunity to monitor, report, and control enterprisewide energy consumption. The Fast-Start Program allows customers to get energy management software at no charge from three primary Cisco EnergyWise partners. Cisco customers can now identify and ultimately reduce their energy footprint without a large upfront investment in energy management software. Order one of these $0 SKUs with your Cisco Catalyst switches and start identifying your energy usage, controlling the power consumption of most devices in your network, and reducing your OpEx.
Q. How do I choose the right energy management solution and Fast-Start SKU?
A. Cisco EnergyWise technology partners JouleX, Verdiem, and Nimsoft (CA Technologies) each offer unique applications that provide value and benefits that might differ from customer to customer. You're encouraged to visit the Cisco.com/go/energywise website for technology information and the respective vendor's sites for application-specific information. Download PPT for details on functionality offered for free by each vendor: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps10195/fast-start_sku_bdm.pptx.
Q. Is there an at-a-glance (AAG) document for a quick look at each vendor?
A. Yes, there are AAG documents for JouleX and Verdiem:
A. Fast-Start SKUs must be ordered at the same time as, and in conjunction with, orders for Cisco Catalyst 4500, 3700, and 3500 PoE, PoE+, and UPOE switches. Just add one of these three SKUs to your 3K switch or 4K line card: EW-JX-50SW, EW-VER-50SW, or EW-CA-50SW.
A. It is fulfilled after you or your customer has received the license information document with the shipment. This document will have details about the next steps for the customers. Customers or Cisco channel partners will need to contact the vendor of the chosen energy management application for details on how to download and configure the application. The partner will also provide instructions as well as support on how to implement the license key and unlock the functionality.
Q. What devices can I manage with the partner's energy management applications?
A. The Cisco EnergyWise ecosystem features manageable products that range from Ethernet switches, IP phones, and access points to laptop computers, printers, and smart PDUs. All products that are compliant with Cisco EnergyWise are inherently manageable; however, the degree to which they can be managed will be dependent on the respective partner's license agreement. For more information, refer to the JouleX and Verdiem AAG documents at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10195/product_at_a_glance_list.html or email@example.com.
Q. What Cisco platforms support Cisco EnergyWise?
A. The following Cisco Catalyst platforms support Cisco EnergyWise IOS:
• Cisco Catalyst 2960, 2960-S, and 2975
• Cisco Catalyst 3560, 3560-E, and 3650-X
• Cisco Catalyst 3750, 3750-E, and 3750-X
• Cisco Catalyst 4500 and 4900
• Cisco Catalyst 6500
• Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) 1900, 2900, and 3900
Q. For how long does the energy management license last, and what features do I get?
A. Each Cisco EnergyWise technology partner (JouleX, Verdiem, and Nimsoft [CA Technologies]) offers unique licensing terms and conditions that have time frames and features congruent with their applications and technology. You're encouraged to visit the Cisco.com/go/energywise website for technology information and the respective vendor's sites for application-specific information.
Q. How much money can I expect to save?
A. The OpEx that can be reduced by Cisco EnergyWise will be dependent on the size of the network, switching and routing platforms deployed, devices within the environment, and their individual manageability; however, case studies of large-scale implementations have seen customers saving as much as $200k per year. For specific case studies, visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10195/prod_case_studies_list.html.
Q. I am interested in expanding the functionality from my Fast-Start license. How can I upgrade my license?
A. Contact the Cisco EnergyWise technology partners by clicking the following links for specific details on their upgrade paths:
A. The Cisco EnergyWise protocol is currently only available on Cisco networking equipment (Cisco Catalyst switches, ISRs). However, Cisco is actively working with standards development organizations to develop an industry standard energy management solution for switch platforms based upon our Cisco EnergyWise technology. If the standard does become ratified, our current intent is that Cisco's current generation of switching platforms will be software upgradable to support this.
Cisco has always led the way in innovations that promote industry standards, with PoE+ (30W/port) being a good example. It was originally released by Cisco in 2007 and subsequently became a standard in 2009.