SOURCE: BigFix

April 24, 2008 12:24 ET

BigFix Congratulates Miami-Dade County Public Schools for Recognition by IDG's InfoWorld as One of the Green 15

Miami-Dade Schools Receive Award for Power Conservation Program Utilizing BigFix Power Management Technology

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - BigFix, Inc., a leader in real-time IT security and management solutions for the distributed enterprise, congratulates its customer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, for being selected by IDG's InfoWorld for the InfoWorld Green 15 Awards for 2008. This honor was extended in the publication's Green 15 special feature published on www.infoworld.com.

"We are honored to be recognized as a winner of the InfoWorld Green 15 Awards for our dedication to energy efficiency," said Tom Sims, director of network systems for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "Implementing energy efficient practices can be difficult for academic institutions, given that schools even within a single district operate on different schedules with classes occurring at all times of day and night. We were able to find and implement a solution that met our needs and hope our experience can be an example to other large, highly distributed organizations."

With 345,000 pupils, 22,000 teachers, and over 400 schools and administrative sites, Miami-Dade County Public Schools rates as the fourth largest school system in the United States. The school system's IT infrastructure has over 100,000 computers, which cost the district several million dollars annually for electric power. Additionally, the school district realized its power consumption indirectly released large quantities of carbon dioxide into the Earth's atmosphere. Based on cost savings and environmental concerns, the school system decided to implement a highly customized power conservation program utilizing BigFix Power Management to reduce its electricity bills and carbon footprint.

After deploying BigFix Power Management, the district's computers operated an average of 10.3 hours per day, down from 20.75 hours per day. The school district previously measured in the 35th percentile ($461,655/month) in terms of power usage and dropped to the 4th percentile ($243,157/month) after deploying the solution. These reductions result in annual savings of more than $2 million and removal of 34.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the air, the equivalent of 2,969 cars.

Organizations around the world have embraced green technology to drive projects aimed at boosting energy efficiency, trimming waste, and reducing production of harmful substances. The InfoWorld Green 15 Awards recognize the 15 most innovative IT initiatives in the public and private sectors that make strong contributions to environmental sustainability.

"Many organizations worldwide are struggling with high energy costs involved in running computing infrastructure. They're also responding to needs to cut waste, reduce carbon footprints, and be better environmental stewards," said Ted Samson, InfoWorld senior analyst. "The InfoWorld Green 15 winners clearly demonstrate how sustainable technology initiatives can be complementary -- even instrumental -- to achieving organizational goals."

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com.

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG's media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.

About BigFix

Founded in 1997, BigFix®, Inc. offers the only converged IT security and operations platform that enables real-time visibility and control of globally distributed desktop, mobile and server computers. BigFix enables large-scale enterprises to continuously enforce IT security, IT policy compliance, and systems management on all computers, anytime, anywhere. Designed for highly distributed and complex IT infrastructures, BigFix delivers real-time endpoint visibility and control through its single-agent, multi-function, on-demand architecture. Its award-winning technology is proven in production at more than 600 companies, government agencies, and public sector institutions worldwide, and currently manages over 7,000,000 desktop and mobile clients, workstations, and servers. More information can be found at www.bigfix.com.

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