LiteGreen: Saving Energy in Networked Desktops Using Virtualization

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Executive Summary

To reduce energy wastage by idle desktop computers in enterprise environments, the typical approach is to put a computer to sleep during long idle periods (e.g., Overnight), with a proxy employed to reduce user disruption by maintaining the computer's network presence at some minimal level. However, the Achilles' heel of the proxy-based approach is the inherent trade-off between the functionality of maintaining network presence and the complexity of application-specific customization.

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