It is becoming increasingly necessary to have an answer to the Green Computing question in order to do business in certain markets. For example, the UK Government is demanding stringent social responsibility commitments from its vendors in order to achieve its goal of being carbon neutral.
Reducing energy consumption is the single biggest improvement that can be implemented in the IT industry. I have spoken on this blog about the benefits of server, storage and desktop virtualisation in the past. It is important, however, to ensure you virtualise your environment on technologies that actually reduce energy – technologies that require less energy or generate less heat. For example, low voltage processors, low energy fans and high efficiency/low heat components.
As IT professionals we are all working towards becoming “experts” at delivering energy efficient virtualised solutions to our clients. We all know that if we fail to deliver a green solution we will most likely lose the sale. However, I have yet to see a groundswell of IT companies practicing what they preach.
How many IT companies have serious policies around:-
- Carbon Offsetting