Green IT: Does it still matter?

By Adrian Thirkill, managing director, Easynet Global Services UK

Five years ago, you couldn’t move for ‘green’ claims from businesses. In a rush to become the first businesses to go carbon neutral, hoards of companies offset air miles, replanted forests, and invested in wind farms. “We turn our lights off at night!” they whooped. “We put monitors on automatic standby!” they gushed.  

All admirable and well-intentioned.  But there’s a worrying hint of...

By Easynet G.S., 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Green, Mobility, Vendors.

SAP announces renewable electricity to fully power its data centres

German giant misses its emissions target, slowly moves towards the green cloud for its customers

SAP has announced that it will power its data centres, and all other facilities, using 100% renewable electricity, pushing an environmentally friendly message as the software giant moves towards a cloud business model.

The news was included in SAP’s 2013 Integrated Report, which was made available last week, with overall energy figures creeping up –...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Green, SAP.

IBM patent offers greener cloud computing options

IBM has patented a solution which the tech giant claims is a “green button” that distributes a cloud service to lower power systems to help save environmental costs.

According to the Armonk firm, patent 8,549,125 took its inspiration from energy firms offering consumers alternate, environmentally-friendly energy streams.

“We have invented a way for cloud service providers to more efficiently manage their data centres and, as a result, significantly reduce their environmental impact,”...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Green, Strategy, Trends.

Cloud computing saves energy on huge scale, says new study – but how?

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have come up with a model designed to show the full extent of cloud’s energy efficiency.

The report, put together by a research team comprising McCormick School of Engineering Northwestern University and Lawrence Berkeley and part funded by Google, unveils the CLEER (Cloud Energy and Emissions Research) model, described as the ‘first ever open-access, fully transparent systems model for energy analysis of cloud systems by the research...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2013, 2 comments. Categories: CRM, email, Green, Research.

Are we misjudging the cloud’s environmental impact?

A whitepaper from Melbourne’s Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has cast doubt on traditional thinking regarding the energy consumption of cloud computing.

“Previous analysis and industry focus has missed the point,” blistered the Power of Wireless Cloud report to open its executive summary. “Access networks, not data centres, are the biggest threat to the sustainability of cloud services.”

As...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Green, Research.

How can cloud computing save the world? [infographic]

As cloud computing continues to grow and cloud hosting is adopted by more and more individuals and businesses alike, it has been calculated that the use of cloud hosting can dramatically decrease the amount of carbon emissions produced by each and every business that makes use of the cloud.

Google has calculated that an SME can lower its energy usage by 65%-85% simply by switching to the cloud.

This is thanks to the fact that servers, located elsewhere, will be used for data storage...

By VI, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Green, Infographic.

Is cloud computing always the greenest option for SMEs?

A new report has suggested that cloud computing is generally a better option than on-premise when looking to save energy, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), alongside WSP Environment and Energy looked at how on-premise computing compared to the cloud in terms of energy efficiency – in particular power usage effectiveness (PUE) of the server room or data centre; how much...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Green, Research, SMEs.

Google bigs the green cloud up, but is it attainable?

A recent post on the Google Green Blog has revealed that the US General Services Administration saved $285,000 in energy consumption after switching to cloud based apps.

Even though most IT decision makers would freely want to admit they’re doing their bit for the environment by migrating to the cloud, the most prominent reason companies migrate would be convenience and, above all, money.

But Google claims the cloud is more energy efficient...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Green, Infrastructure, Migration.

Virtual Insanity: How To Remain Lean And Green

With the likes of cloud computing and virtualisation starting to become staples for today’s business, IT environments are continuing to grow in complexity. Furthermore, there is growing pressure on many organisations to reduce the environmental impact of their IT systems.

In response to these developments, organisations need to change the way they manage and therefore monitor their IT infrastructure. For example,...

By Luke Wotton, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Green, Trends.

Cloud Computing could cut IT C02 emissions by half

Large companies that move their data storage into the cloud could slash their carbon emissions by up to 50%, according to a new European study.

The London based Carbon Disclosure Project focussed on large firms un the UK and France and found that these companies could achieve significant cost savings by 2020 if they moved their IT systems onto shared networks.

The report said that a company which adopts cloud computing can reduce its energy...

By Matt Henkes, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Green.