Green data center

Italian Wine, Green ICT, and Accurate Information

Mega data centers are capturing much Green ICT press these days, so it is useful to remember that more modest enterprises can benefit as well. Monte Vibiano is a family-owned wine and olive oil producer that is taking an aggressive approach to Green ICT. Vibiano's actions include:

Green ICT Focus is Moving Beyond the Data Center

Readers are familiar with my view that what is attached to our ICT infrastructures is as important as what is at their cores. New information from Forrester supports this perspective.

PUE: Increased Efficiency Through Increased Consumption?

There have been growing concerns about the misuse of PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) in PR. Uptime Institute Director Kenneth Brill weighed in with widely noted critiques a year ago. Last week, Loose Bolts blogger Michael Manos raised the specter of PUE PR becoming embedded in RFPs. But what I liked best about Manos' post was his attention to an unintended consequence of the quest for efficiency.

Green Data Centers: Public

Here are some public data centers and ISPs offering various shades of green computing

ICT Carbon Emissions Greater Than That of Most Countries (update 1)

The case for sustainable ICT continues strengthens as the ICT industry grows. ICT carbon emissions now appear to be greater than those of most countries.

IT Innovation and Compartmentalizing Sustainability

Ann Livermore, executive vice president of Hewlett-Packard's Technology Solutions Group, said in a recent Harvard Business podcast that IT organizations spend 70% of their budgets "just running stuff" and 30% on innovation. Observing that 40% of companies in the top quartile of their industries can loose their leadership positions during a recession,

How Not to Decrease Our Carbon Footprint

In what the (UK) Times termed "a considerable embarrassment", the Met Office "has spent £33m on a new supercomputer to calculate how climate change will affect Britain – only to find the new machine has a giant carbon footprint of its own. . . 14,400 tonnes of CO2 a year . . ." The Met Office appears to be rationalizing this based on the virtue of the project.

Green ICT: The Broad Perspective (update)

@geekygreen, a rich source of information on Twitter about UK Green ICT, quotes a speaker at BSIGreenIT, "I would venture that 'Green IT' is actually 'Energy Efficient IT'." This references a reoccurring misconception well worth challenging.

Energy Star for Computer Servers - It's Here!

EPA's Energy Star logoEnergy Star certification for computer servers has been in the works since 2007. Blogs, tweets, and articles have been prematurely announcing its release for the past couple of months, but we saw the first information trickle out of the EPA yesterday. And you can pick up a copy of the new requirements here.

Chasing Green ICT

I became interested in Green ICT after managing a business with ~100 servers for a weather app, so I took note of this story about UK Met Office's efforts. The Met Office is doing many of the right things, but here's the ironic bottom line:

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