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Cisco Energy Management Suite helps Equitix align operations with sustainable investment policy, cutting energy use and costs.

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Equitix

  1. 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Challenge Equitix believes in ethical investment. The company manages funds and infrastructure projects in healthcare, education, housing, and other industries. The principles that influence its investments for clients also inform its own strategy. “We exercise a socially responsible approach,” says Finance Director, Jonathan Smith. “We’re always looking for ways of improving the sustainability of our own organisation as well as our investments for clients.” Environmental concerns are fundamental. Equitix runs an energy saving fund on behalf of the UK Green Investment Bank, which the UK Government set up to encourage a greener economy. To align with the fund’s objectives, Equitix decided to improve its own performance. “We wanted to demonstrate greener operations by becoming more energy efficient,” adds Smith. The timing was right for other reasons. Equitix was expanding from its City of London headquarters. Two satellite offices were already open and a third was planned. Smith says: “We had no view of our ICT energy consumption, and no clear idea of how to control our ICT energy use and associated costs.” Solution Ridgewall, the company’s trusted ICT partner, took these requirements and created a fully-managed service based on the Cisco Energy Management Suite. The solution fuses together Cisco hardware and software with the energy management expertise intrinsic in Ridgewall, providing Equitix with energy usage visibility, analytics, and policy-based control. “It was installed in just one day,” says Smith. “We didn’t need extra hardware or software, and our firewall and security policies didn’t have to change. The implementation was completely painless.” Customer Case Study Green Strategy Fuels Better Business Cisco Energy Management Suite helps Equitix align operations with sustainable investment policy, cutting energy use and costs Customer Name: Equitix Location: United Kingdom Number of Employees: 60 Challenge • Demonstrate the company’s green credentials • Embed energy efficiency in day-to- day operations • Track and measure energy use and savings Solution • Cisco Energy Management Suite as a Service Results • Greater energy efficiency and alignment with funding policy • Business can grow with better control of costs • Full and accurate data makes it easier to prioritise IT spend © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 1 of 2
  2. 2. “Being environmentally sustainable was always an integral part of our values. Thanks to Ridgewall and the Cisco Energy Management Suite it’s now firmly embedded in the business.” Jonathan Smith Finance Director Equitix Customer Case Study One of the value-add services provided by Ridgewall is to analyse data from the system and warn Equitix of any issues or opportunities. There’s no extra burden on the customer. “We don’t have to get involved in the process, but we know it’s being dealt with,” says Smith. “Ridgewall gives us regular progress reports and suggests how we can further improve.” It’s now possible to track energy usage of any device connected to the Equitix network. In future, Ridgewall will also be able to compare energy ratings between legacy and next-generation equipment. Results For the first time, Equitix can measure the environmental impact of its ICT. It’s using less energy and cutting costs. Data from the system informs and validates the company’s green strategy. “A lot of businesses will have to start reporting their energy ratings and consumption, especially if they are regulated as we are,” says Smith. “But for us, this was not just about compliance. Being environmentally sustainable was always an integral part of our values. Thanks to Ridgewall and the Cisco Energy Management Suite, it’s now firmly embedded in the business.” Equitix is continuing to embrace innovation in this area. The energy management service will operate in the new satellite office from day one. Smith confirms: “The solution gives us an exact picture of our ICT energy use. It will be interesting to see the impact of having that kind of technology from the start.” Keeping track of ICT assets is always a challenge. The managed service produces an accurate inventory of all Equitix devices. The advantages are clear. “We’ll be able to make more intelligent purchasing decisions based on demonstrable savings and responsible use of energy,” Smith concludes. © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Printed in the UK ES/0215 Page 2 of 2 Americas Headquarters Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Asia Pacific Headquarters Cisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd. Singapore Europe Headquarters Cisco Systems International BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/go/offices. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R) For More Information To find out more about the benefits of using the Cisco Energy Management Suite, please visit www.cisco.com/go/energymanagement Product List Energy Management •• Cisco Energy Management Suite •• Delivered by Ridgewall as a fully managed service

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