|Our Green IT Initiative|
Be a part of the Nettology Green IT initiative
Green computing or green IT, refers to environmentally sustainable computing or IT. It is "the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems—such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems—efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment. Green IT also strives to achieve economic viability and improved system performance and use, while abiding by our social and ethical responsibilities. Thus, green IT includes the dimensions of environmental sustainability, the economics of energy efficiency, and the total cost of ownership, which includes the cost of disposal and recycling. is the study and practice of using computing resources efficiently." With increasing recognition that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are a major contributing factor to global warming, enterprises, governments, and society at large now have an important new agenda: tackling environmental issues and adopting environmentally sound practices. Greening our IT products, applications, services, and practices is both an economic and an environmental imperative, as well as our social responsibility. The goals of green computing are similar to green chemistry; reduce the use of hazardous materials, maximize energy efficiency during the product's lifetime, and promote recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and factory waste.
Nettology help your company get on the road to Green IT through:
The Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), an open industry standard, allows an operating system to directly control the power saving aspects of its underlying hardware. This allows a system to automatically turn off components such as monitors and hard drives after set periods of inactivity. In addition, a system may hibernate, where most components (including the CPU and the system RAM) are turned off. Today's Operating Systems along with third party software allow power management features to be configured centrally by a system administrator.
Nettology implements these solutions. The net result is electricity cost savings to the client and contribution to a greener computing environment.
Computer virtualization refers to the abstraction of computer resources, such as the process of running two or more logical computer systems on one set of physical hardware. The concept originated with the IBM mainframe operating systems of the 1960s, but was commercialized for x86-compatible computers only in the 1990s. With virtualization, a system administrator could combine several physical systems into virtual machines on one single, powerful system, thereby unplugging the original hardware and reducing power and cooling consumption. Several commercial companies and open-source projects now offer software packages to enable a transition to virtual computing. Intel Corporation and AMD have also built proprietary virtualization enhancements to the x86 instruction set into each of their CPU product lines, in order to facilitate virtualized computing.
Most companies can benefit significantly by incorporating virtualization. Nettology can help determine the correct path for your organization.
Terminal servers have also been used in green computing methods. When using terminal servers, users connect to a central server; all of the computing is done at the server level but the end user experiences the operating system. These can be combined with thin clients, which use up to 1/8 the amount of energy of a normal workstation, resulting in a decrease of energy costs and consumption.
Purchasing the most efficient hardware
Its important to pay attention to the products we buy, making absolutely sure we are considering the environment in our purchasing decisions. Do you keep those old CRT Monitors just because they work? What about the 5 year old PC? Proactively replacing old hardware with the right stuff can not only improve the productivity of your team and add to savings on the electric bill but It will also help your company do your part in making a greener society.
Here are a few computer component tech facts to keep in mind:
Recycling Old Equipment
Computer systems that have outlived their particular function can be repurposed, or donated to various charities and non-profit organizations. additionally, parts from outdated systems may be salvaged and recycled through certain retail outlets and municipal or private recycling centers. Recycling computing equipment can keep harmful materials such as lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium out of landfills. Computing supplies, such as printer cartridges, paper, and batteries may be recycled as well.
Talk to your Account Manager about how Nettology can help you recycle.