The Microsoft Stack: Is Vista Power Management Ready for the Enterprise?
June 15, 2008 —
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Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge proponent of alternative energy and conservation and good stuff like that, but I am also a pragmatist, which means your arguments have to be based on a reality that takes into consideration human dynamics and motivations. I seldom appeal to a board of directors to do something because it is a good thing to do. I normally lead with why it will benefit the corporation and further those goals. In this light, the Vista power management improvements are not going to fix the problem in the data center. Conservation and consolidation can help you in the data center.
Virtualization is an easier “green” pitch because it is a data center technology. It helps with the problem where the problem exists. Microsoft is certainly poised to be a contender especially now that Hyper-V is coming down the pike. I think that it helps everyone that both Microsoft and VMware are in this space. No matter which technology you pick here, it seems that culling physical systems to consolidate into virtual systems is a huge benefit and where the green-minded admin should look first to save some watts. Not only does it reduce the wasted energy of all those machines, it also, typically, helps you identify systems that are just no longer needed.
Vista Power Management features belong on a list of reasons to justify installing Vista on laptop computers, not a list of why an enterprise should adopt it on their desktops.
I am much more interested in the Vista security improvements that make it a better fit in the enterprise than Windows XP, but that is for next column….
Patrick Hynds, president of CriticalSites and a Microsoft Regional Director, can be reached at
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