SOURCE: BigFix, Inc.

January 29, 2008 09:00 ET

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Goes Green With BigFix Power Management

Fourth Largest U.S. School System Saving Millions of Dollars in Energy Costs

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - BigFix, Inc. today announced that Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which has 345,000 pupils and 22,000 teachers, has estimated savings of $2 million in annual electricity cost reductions by using BigFix Power Management. The phase one implementation of BigFix Power Management is installed on 90,000 desktop computers at 370 locations, reducing average PC power consumption from almost 21 hours to 10.3 hours per day. The significant reduction in power consumption will remove an estimated 34.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted yearly by 2,969 cars.

"BigFix Power Management has been easy to install, easy to operate, and very flexible -- it's working exactly as we expected from the proof-of-concept," said Tom Sims, Director of Network Systems at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "Our school system is a very large, highly distributed enterprise. BigFix enables us to centrally control power settings, in real-time, across all of our 90,000 endpoints to significantly reduce energy costs, as well as our carbon footprint."

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is implementing a highly customized power management plan that will serve the unique needs of each school/admin site. For example, some schools provide "community school" activities during the evening hours. BigFix Power Management enables the school system to keep computers running at the schools providing those activities while turning off the computers at schools that provide daytime K-12 classes. While Miami-Dade County Schools has identified several desktops that must be left on (e.g., remote access from home), BigFix Power Management enables the school system's IT department to accommodate this and other necessary exceptions to Miami-Dade County Schools' new power management policies.

"Though BigFix started out solving IT problems, our architecture is uniquely applicable to many critical problems -- and no problem is more critical than the state of our environment," said Dave Robbins, President and CEO at BigFix, Inc. "BigFix Power Management is built on the same platform as our IT Solution Packs, but it's helping numerous forward-thinking organizations save millions of dollars while significantly decreasing their carbon footprint, which is something we can all be proud of."

Historically, employees have kept computers running out of convenience, and IT organizations have been hesitant to enforce strict power policies since computers need to be "on" in order to implement IT updates. By leveraging unique BigFix Distributed Wake-on-LAN technology, BigFix Power Management allows IT administrators to centrally manage and continuously enforce power management policies on all corporate PCs without sacrificing manageability and security.

BigFix Power Management customers can benefit from tax incentives and greatly reduced electricity bills, and now many of BigFix's California-based customers can receive even greater cost savings through one of several utility rebate programs. California-based utilities, including Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric, are offering rebate incentive programs to organizations using tools like BigFix Power Management. PG&E will provide rebates of $15 per PC to Northern California companies through its customer energy efficiency program.

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

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