The term green IT became popular a decade ago. However, only giant IT organizations and large data centers implemented green IT practices – and this was mostly due to regulations and the wish to cut costs, rather than any internal agenda for reducing global warming*.
Considering the great interest in going green with IT (both for $’s and J’s (Joule) savings) – why so few projects?
I believe the main reason is that green IT is still not a top priority task and furthermore, there’s an erroneous notion that it’s costly to implement.
“We are not that big to make a difference” is what one IT manager told me. In my opinion, going green in IT can make IT operations much more efficient, regardless of the size of the company, and reduce costs significantly. And yes, it does contribute to decreasing carbon dioxide and combined, it will make a difference.
What does go green with IT mean?
Simply, green IT means having an IT infrastructure that consumes less energy (=cheaper). The next question is how it can be done (with minimal impact on your day to day work)?
There are several simple steps you can implement immediately:
- Shutdown remote computers – Power-off servers that hardly work and consume more power than CPU. You can schedule a shutdown process on a daily or weekly basis for lab, tests, etc.
- Automated remote workstation shutdown or standby – Turn idle workstations and user PCs to standby mode every time users are not using their computers- overnight, on weekends and holidays.
- Go virtual – take your physical servers and virtualize them, as one strong hardware can run multiple operating systems. You can turn servers off when they are not in use or start them only upon user request (usually this works for R&D, QA and Lab testing).
How much you can save with IT process automation?
Average energy savings per computer for a 12 month period can reach to $36. Multiple this figure with the number of workstations, and you realize the potential may reach hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
How to go green with IT Process Automation without adding extra work?
Use IT Process Automation tools for scheduling maintenance tasks, and applying remote workstation shutdown or standby policies. Workstations that are turned off not only save energy consumption but also increase data security and lower the possibility of failures.
*According to Gartner, PCs, monitors, laptop computers and networked devices represent close to 60% of the total ICT consumption.