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October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

First there was Xbox, now there’s Vbox

It won’t play “Halo 4,” but the new Vbox from Seattle-based Verdiem does give users advanced weapons to combat power hogs.

Verdiem makes software for managing information-technology energy usage.

Now it’s also selling the Vbox, a product Verdiem calls the “first IT energy management appliance.” It costs a bit more than an Xbox — $5,000, plus software licenses.

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The box runs Verdiem’s Surveyor software, which is being upgraded to connect to systems for managing building operations.

In its release, Verdiem said the idea is to give facility and energy managers “visibility and control” of heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and security systems plus IT devices “for comprehensive energy management to significantly reduce energy waste.”

More than 700 companies, universities and government agencies use Surveyor to manage more than 2 million devices, according to Verdiem.

Perhaps they need to create a service called Vbox Live, for those customers to compete against each other and see who kills the most watts.

Comments | More in | Topics: Energy, energy management, Enterprise

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