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More on Computing's Contribution to Telework

Cisco's most recent TechwiseTV episode, Redefining the Remote Office, states that 91% of employees do not work in the corporate office and the number of branch offices is growing at ~11% CAGR. Here are ideas I took away from my preview:

Green ICT Videos

Vertatique has gotten requests for more Green ICT media pieces; here are three recent ones of particular note:
- Google's Power and Green Computing is a strong presentation from July 2008 offering lots of solid data.
- Intel estimates its 8-year Data Center Efficiency Initiative could deliver up to $750 million in NPV.

Where to look first for data center efficiency

Computerworld's The 5 quickest returns on your green investment is a quick summary of where to find what Gartner characterizes as "low hanging fruit" and "fat". Despite the mixed metaphor, statistics and case study references make this more useful than many summary articles.

Climate Savers' Software Tools for Green Computing

Vertatique has been tracking the Climate Savers initiative over the past year and I'm pleased to see its site continue to grow in value. They now offer a robust set of free software applications to help individuals and enterprises tune the power settings of their equipment. I'll report on these tools as I try them out.

Webinar: Energy Efficiency in the Data Center

Cisco Systems will be contributing to advancing Green ICT awareness with a webinar titled "Energy Efficiency in the Data Center" beginning 21 August. Planned topics include data center design, energy metrics, and perspectives from both IT and facilities specialists. You can see an 3 minute preview on YouTube now, then register for the full 60 minute version. Cisco has invited me to preview the full program; I'll add my review as a comment to this post as soon as I do.

Corn-based Bioplastic

I've previously covered the emerging use of corn-based plastics in e-devices. Now, in its coverage of a new phone using corn bioplastics, The New York Times offers this critique:

"Unfortunately Samsung’s new cellphone relies on a flawed equation:

e-Waste in Pictures

National Geographic's "High Tech Trash" is loaded with everything from an interactive toxic tour of a computer to an e-waste quiz to stats like ". . . in the U.S. [in 2005], between 1.5 and 1.9 million tons of computers, TVs, VCRs, monitors, cell phones, and other equipment were discarded. If all sources of electronic waste are tallied, it could total 50 million tons a year worldwide . . ." The Photo Gallery tells the story most powerfully - check it out!

Sustainable e-Device Design

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative represents the cutting, if not controversial, edge of green e-device design. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has published an interview with OLPC's CTO Mary Lou Jepsen, which is a insightful must-read for anyone interested is sustainable e-device design.

Telecommuting's Potential

ICT infrastructures for telework are a key component of a green computing strategy, reducing both local commuting and long-distance travel costs and carbon. A Harvard Business Review Editor's Blog post, "The Telecommuting Imperative", takes on executive reluctance to advance telework. Among other motivations cited for moving more aggressively:

EPA Report

The EPA Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency found that "The peak load on the power grid from these servers and data centers is currently estimated to be approximately 7 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to the output of about 15 baseload power plants and "power failures and limits on power availability will interrupt data center operations at more than 90 percent of all companies over the next five years." This was written in August 2007:

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