Remotely managed networks are one of the more recent developments in the way offices are managed. In opposition to other system, these are not hardware, but software based. Tasks that can be executed with this special office software are, for example, remotely controlled shutdowns, control the desktop of other computers and even remote power management. This way all computers in one network can be controlled from one, single, main workstation. And even more sophisticated systems exist that allow this kind of control from mobile devices, such as smart phones, making the remote control of an office network truly location independent.
One important part of remote power management is the shutdown of one, or more, computers and the way the power is used by them in general. This is important for controlling the electricity expenses a business faces. Estimates are that up to $60 per year and computer can be saved this way. Which means that the more computers are on the network, the more money a business can save potentially.
Another important point is remote desktop control. With this the network manager can access files on each computer, install software, transfer and print files etc. The main advantage of this aspect is the time saved and the ease of access to files that are used by more than one person.
Some people fear that this kind of remote control affects the network security negatively, but if it is managed the right way and the permissions for access are set up properly, it actually increases the overall security. The money that is spend to install remote power management in a network, is easily be set off by this.