ShoreTel puts the Ease in Green for Environmentally Conscious Organizations

    First and foremost, I’d like to wish all our customers and fans a Happy Earth Day. ShoreTel has a longstanding commitment to help organizations achieve a greener footprint while saving more “green” in their budgets. Day by day, we’re seeing energy-conscious organizations choosing ShoreTel UC systems not only for their ease of use and excellent performance, but also because of the power savings they provide.

    One example is Pavement Recycling Systems, a Southern California based company that uniquely offers a full range of state-of-the-art recycling solutions to reclaim, preserve and rehabilitate pavement at any stage of the life-curve, resulting in improved performance, lower costs, and reduced environmental impact. The ShoreTel UC system offers the company unprecedented reliability across all of its five sites, with uninterrupted failover in the event of a T1 line outage.

    We recently spoke with PRS Systems Administrator Kim Barbano in preparation for Earth Day, and she had these kind comments regarding their ShoreTel deployment:

    “One of our founding principles is to improve performance and reduce costs, while conserving resources and reducing carbon footprint. ShoreTel has helped us achieve these goals in our own business practices by delivering a communications system that is both energy efficient, and easy to manage across multiple locations. We no longer have to send contractors out to our remote offices to make moves, adds or changes—ShoreWare Director lets me manage the system from any Web-based browser, and with the ability to forward calls to any phone, no one knows whether I’m working from home, or in the office.”

    The mobility Kim is referencing in conjunction with the reduced power usage of the ShoreTel UC system, also lowers cooling expenses, and the system’s unique distributed architecture, which is based on a compact switch design, helps reduce server sprawl—both important green benefits that also contribute to the ShoreTel system’s lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to competitive systems.

    For instance, a study by The Tolly Group found that the ShoreTel UC system consumed up to 62 percent less energy than the Cisco Unified Communications Manager across three typical enterprise-class deployments. In addition to lowering expenses, the decrease in energy consumption has a net positive impact on CO2 emissions.

    Additional energy savings can be attributed to the ease of use and manageability of the ShoreTel UC system. Simple centralized management from an intuitive, Web browser-based application, eliminates the need to send personnel and trucks to remote locations. Further savings can also be achieved through using eco-friendly features, such as ShoreTel Converged Conferencing, which supports effective collaboration while reducing the need for business travel, and ShoreWare Contact Center, which enables organizations to create distributed virtual contact centers and support telecommuting.

    As our R&D teams develop the next generation IP communications systems, ShoreTel continues to assist companies in sustaining their commitment to eco-friendly practices, while allowing them to improve both TCO and ROI with a highly efficient, modular system that grows as they grow.