Fifty PC users in Microsoft's Building 99 research facility in Redmond, Washington are testing a new power cutting app. The sleep proxy system, engineered by Microsoft, maintains a computer's network presence, so it can be accessed remotely if needed, even when the actual PC is turned off or put into standby mode.
Most employees at large companies do not power down their machines because, either they need to access their desktops remotely, or because IT administrators ask them not to so system wide backups can be done overnight. PC World reports, "Sleep proxies allow machines to be turned off while keeping them connected to the network, waking the machines when a user or IT administrator attempts to access it remotely." The new system is capable of cutting power consumption by 60 to 80 percent.
A recent report found that computer users who don't power down their computers waste $2.8 billion(!!) annually on electricity charges. For businesses struggling during this recession, that's a whole lot of dough going down the drain.
While the new proxy would be most beneficial to large businesses, it could also be helpful for people who work on large desktops in their home office and need access to them when traveling.