The term green IT became popular more than a decade ago. Since that time, however, it’s been mostly just giant IT organizations and large data centers that have implemented green IT practices – and this was due more to regulations and the wish to cut costs than any internal agenda for reducing global warming.
Yet, according to Gartner, PCs, monitors, laptop computers and networked devices represent close to 60% of the total ICT consumption.
Considering the great interest in going green with IT, both from a financial and energy savings perspective, why so few projects?
The answer is simple. More importantly, it’s misleading many people. The main reason is that green IT is still not a top priority task is the erroneous notion that it’s too costly to implement.
“We are not that big to make a difference,” many IT managers would say. The truth is, going green can make IT operations much more efficient, regardless of the size of the company. Not only that, but it can also reduce costs significantly. And yes, it does contribute to a decreased carbon footprint and combined, it will make a difference.
What does go green with IT mean?
Simply put, green IT means having an IT infrastructure that consumes less energy and is subsequently cheaper. The next logical question is how it can be done – in particular, with minimal impact on your day to day work?
The good news is, 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 – i.e. 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 automation?
Average energy savings per computer for a 12 month period can reach up to $36 each. Multiple this figure by the number of workstations, and you realize the potential may reach hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
How to go green with IT Automation without adding extra work?
Use IT automation 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.
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