You could sort of see this one coming. Verdiem, which develops energy management software for PCs and various pieces of the network has been tapped by Cisco as an OEM.
Under the deal, Cisco will use next-generation energy management software from Veridiem as the foundation for new versions of Cisco EnergyWise Orchestrator. Essentially, the two are working to create a unified solution that can manage all sorts of devices attached to Cisco networks. That means EVERYTHING from IP phones to wireless access points and edge switches to basically any gadget that runs via the power over Ethernet protocol. The technology will be co-developed by Verdiem and Cisco, and it will be marketed and sold under the EnergyWise Orchestrator brand.
Remember the days when PC utility software companies could pretty much expect that Microsoft would eventually stick features from their software into the core Windows operating systems? I'm thinking that this deal will be soon echoed by other players in enterprise systems management, which will go a long way toward mainstreaming the concept of enterprise power management.