is Green IT?
By definition IT and the environment are diametrically
opposed ideas. The manufacture of almost any product today has
an impact on the environment in terms of CO2 emissions, and with
electronic equipment, the manufacture and disposal of the products
a danger to the planet. A study by Green IT, indicated that over
250 million computers would reach the end of their useful life
by the end of 2007. A small percentage of which may be recycled,
whilst the rest would be left to rot in land fill sites around
the world, leaking their poison into the earth.
Virtualization is one of the major Green IT strategies in the growing
arsenal of technologies that are designed to reduce a companies
ongoing IT costs. Firstly virtualization reduces the floor space
needed to house the physical machines in the data center. This
in turn has an effect on the amount of cooling needed to keep closely
stacked hardware from overheating. The impact is a drastic reduction
in power consumption, cost, and a lower CO2 footprint. Secondly,
virtual infrastructure requires the adherence to strict policies
and chargeback models to prevent virtual server sprawl, a problem
risen from the ease with which servers can be created, left idle,
and leads again to a proliferation of large servers wastefully
Tips For Going Green With
• Upgrade to Energy Saving Flat screen
• Recycle Office Paper
• Go Paperless, switch to electronic filing, forms.
• Allow staff to elecommute.
• Replace paper memos with E- Memos
• Web Conferencing—save paper
• Use E-Newsletters
• Electronic billing and bill payment
• Paper Manual and documents to Manuals on CD
• Turn off your monitor, Screen savers are NOT energy savers
• Look for Energy Star label with new hardware purchases.
• Find out if there is an E-Cycling Center in your office
• Go Green and save on costs attend Webinars and Web Conferences
• Host Web Meeting.
• Do your homework before purchasing new products. Sites such
as EPEAT (www.epeat.net) make environ- mental product ratings available
Greenpeace (www.greenpeace.org) provides thorough reports on the
environmental efforts of many manufacturers. If you’re brand
loyal or have a
specific product in mind, these are great starting point
• Make sure your energy saving features on your PC, laptop/notebook