The School District of the Chathams is a regional public school district serving the students of Chatham Borough and Chatham Township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States.They have approximately 500 employees and 3900 students in their district with a total of 58 active servers on the network (21 are physical servers). Roughly half of the physical servers are VMware hosts that run multiple virtual servers while the other half are physical servers because they are not good candidates for virtualization.
Because energy usage by computers is not itemized individually, many school districts, like the School District of the Chathams, do not realize the extensive amount of electricity used by their PCs. John Abdelmalak, Director of Technology knew that reducing PC energy consumption would save the school district a significant amount of money.
The school district first learned of Faronics Power Save through direct mail and immediately saw an opportunity. They quickly tried the demo on the workstations and were so impressed by the power consumption reports that they instantly deployed it on all their Windows workstations.“We noticed the product was working as expected immediately. Best of all it has not wasted any time or resources of IT personnel” said Abdelmalak.
One of the key features of Power Save is the ability to personalize and schedule shutdowns. Thanks to this feature, Abdelmalak has now scheduled and customized the majority of the district’s computers to shutdown after two hours of inactivity.
Abdelmalak was also pleased with the service at Faronics. “Dealing with our Faronics sales representative and technical support has always been a positive experience. We appreciate that Faronics takes suggestions from its customers which help create newer and better versions of the product,” said Abdelmalak .“In the nine month time frame that we have used Power Save the software has already been improved considerably.”