Green data center

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:

Computer Power Management Resources

Energy Star logoRemote power management of computers is becoming an increasingly powerful tool to control energy consumption and carbon emissions. Behavioral techniques, like encouraging users to turn off their machines at the end of the day, are not always effective and may interfere with off-hours IT activities like upgrades. The Energy Star program now publishes a list of commercial and open-source power management products, along with success stories. Visit Energy Star's Power Management home page for an overview of resources for both organizations and individuals.

China: Low Green ICT Activity Tied to Internal Cost Allocation Practices

An IDC survey finds that "IT decision makers in the Asia/Pacific region reveal that when green requirements are specified in a request for proposal (RFP), only 9.7% of the respondents in China say that they are mandatory. Compared to the average of 35.3% in the Asia/Pacific countries…China appears to be lagging behind in its efforts to promote the green movement…" The reason offered is instructive for all organizations.

Router Study Highlights Need for Standards

Green for Good announced last fall that Ericsson/Redback's SmartEdge routers "use only 50% of the energy as compared to competitors, and deliver up to 3 times the environmental benefits in reduced carbon emissions." It is unclear who funded this study. Rival manufacturers challenged these results, reports Multichannel News.

Green ICT Videos: 2007-2009

Sonic Foundry's Green Streaming: How Rich Media Can Help Your Organization Achieve Its Sustainability Goals (2009)

IBM's Green IT video. Youtube offers two version, long [10:29] and short [4:09] (2007)

eWeek's Getting to Green IT (2007) Reuters' report on the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (2007)

Will We See Green ICT as Public Policy?

The appointment of Steven Chu as U.S. Secretary of Energy holds special significance for for the green computing community. Cho is the former head of Lawerence Berkley National Labs. Under his leadership, LBNL became a leader in energy-efficient computing.  A seminal 2007 report elevated worldwide awareness and was the basis for one of the first Vertatique posts.

Green Computing Case Studies

Computerworld's "Top 12 Green-IT Users" list links each organization's name to a sustainable IT mini-case study. These organization include businesses from a variety of sectors, a non-profit, and a government agency. I was stuck by unique and unexpected implementations:

Enterprise-wide ICT

A recent white paper, IBM Software: a green strategy for your entire organization, asks "Why go green?" Its answer: "With today’s market realities—rising energy costs; shrinking power and space capacity; increased regulatory scrutiny; and higher customer expectations—going green is not only socially responsible, it’s an economic imperative . . .

Texas Data Pastures

One of the fun things about tracking Green ICT technologies and practices is reading the blogs of people reporting on progress within their own communities. An example is Data Pasture, which covers the Austin, TX area. An interesting aspect of this site is its advocacy of "micro data centers",

Google's Green ICT Leverage

A New York Times article positions Google's Green ICT initiatives in the context of its broader energy business strategy. I don't advocate that enterprises make Green ICT investments on the casual assumption that they can easily transform them into a new revenue stream, but Google's situation does remind early adopters to take the time to step back and objectively assess how they can leverage their knowledge and experience beyond their own ICT infrastructures.

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