Verdiem Reaches More Than a Million Desktops, Doubles Customers for Energy-Saving Software

8/5/09Follow @gthuang

When we last checked in with Verdiem back in June, the Seattle energy-IT firm was reporting encouraging results from its product trials in Seattle, Chicago, and Honolulu. Today, Verdiem is announcing that its personal computer power-management software has reached a new milestone, having been installed on more than one million desktops. What’s more, the company says its business customer base has doubled in the past 12 months.

Verdiem’s software helps big companies and organizations control and manage energy usage by PCs on their network. The product includes simple features like automatically turning off computers when they’re not in use, and turning them back on when they need to install software updates, as well as dashboards for managing energy use. The company says more than 300 corporations, government agencies, and universities have deployed the software, and have typically reduced their PC energy costs by 30 to 60 percent. The latest announced customer is Atlanta, GA-based Cox Communications, which has outfitted 15,000 of its networked PCs with Verdiem’s energy-saving software.

“Business and IT leaders are searching for solutions to tangibly reduce costs and protect the environment,” said Brett Goodwin, Verdiem’s vice president of marketing, in a statement. Companies see PC power management as “low hanging fruit” in the growing effort to make everyday computing greener, he said.

Verdiem was founded in 2001 and is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and NCD Investors, among others. Since December, the company has been led by chief executive Jeremy Jaech, the co-founder of Aldus, Visio, and Trumba.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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  • PRM

    But are they profitable? Didn’t they report in the PI last year that they were burning cash? Isn’t Jeremy Jaech in there to sell them off as he did with Visio and Pagemaker? Clearly they’re not making a serious run at being a pure-play green IT vendor. It’s an M&A play…who will buy them?