After evaluating the energy required to run Mitel Unified Communications Solutions for businesses of various sizes, independent testing firm, The Tolly Group, has found that the power consumption of Mitel solutions is amongst the lowest in the industry.
“In the current economic environment, all areas of a business are looking to reduce operating costs and eliminate unnecessary expenses,” said Kevin Tolly, founder, president, and CEO of The Tolly Group. “This applies in the data centre where CIOs and managers are looking for energy savings all across their IT infrastructure. The low power consumption of Mitel’s Unified Communications Solutions translates back into a lower cost of ownership for businesses.”
The testing was commissioned by Mitel and conducted in October 2008 to examine the Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP) and a selection of Mitel IP phones.
Based on three typical business implementations, The Tolly Group test results demonstrated that the Mitel Unified Communications Solutions require as little as 3,885 watts to support IP controllers and phones across a large 1,500-user network; 1,237 watts for a multi-site medium 350-employee network; and just 181 watts to support a small 65-user office.
These numbers equate into large savings for the customer. For example, compared to similar tests of competitors’ solutions conducted by The Tolly Group, Mitel Unified Communications Solutions consume up to 62 percent less power.
Additionally, when comparing mid-range phone sets, Mitel only consumes 2.4 watts versus similarly featured competitor’s phones typically ranging from 3.1 to 6.0 watts or higher. These power savings directly impact the bottom line as phones are generally responsible for two-thirds of the power consumption for standard telephony systems.
“Mitel factors both power consumption and environmental sustainability into the functional design of its products,” said Jim Davies, chief technology officer, Mitel. “Not only do our solutions help customers decrease their environmental impact but the cost savings they receive from reduced power consumption goes directly to the bottom line.”
As mentioned in the report the impact of reduced power consumption across the data and communication infrastructure also includes lower costs for cooling and higher phone density per POE (Power over Ethernet) Layer 2 switch.
“Mitel’s low power result is impressive in comparison to others. The significance of power savings is huge in today’s economic environment,” said Allan Sulkin, president, TEQConsult Group. “More frequently we are seeing customers question energy efficiency and the desire to optimise power.”