Green IT: important for the planet, important for IoT
Green computing is the practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computer equipment efficiently, with minimal or no impact on the environment. The concept of Green Computing emerged in 1992, addressing energy use and the impact of e-waste on the environment. It’s responsible for the energy saving sleep mode now common on computers, cell phones and tablets.
Green Computing remains a vital issue in the age of The Internet of Things (IoT). IoT appliances use energy to connect and automate our homes and offices. These smart devices must not become energy hogs. Recycling these devices properly is an important consideration. The Second International Conference on Green Computing and Internet of Things (ICGCIoT 2018) will discuss issues like these in India in August 2018. Green Computing is not only a hot topic, it’s a global one.
What’s the business value in Green IT?
Why is it good to have a green computing initiative for your business?
Costs motivate small to mid-business owners to “go green”. Computers, monitors, servers, switches, attached storage devices, cluster boxes, uninterrupted power supplies and other attached peripherals are expensive to buy, and expensive to power. Businesses “go green” to save money. Start the process by looking at how many servers are in your data center.
Green IT Business Benefit: Reduced Costs
Servers consume more electricity than any other business network device. A company with five or more servers in a server room, uses a significant amount of energy. Business owners spend thousands of dollars on equipment, replacements, and the HVAC equipment for server rooms and data centers.
Reduce Equipment Costs With Server Virtualization
It’s not necessary to have so many servers. Server virtualization makes it possible to run one or multiple mini-servers within a single physical server. Companies reducing the overall number of physical servers work just as effectively using cloud strategies, particularly Hybrid Cloud strategies.
Server Consolidation: It’s Affordable
Server consolidation technologies are affordable, even for small companies. VMware has solutions for small and midsize business virtualization and server consolidation. These technologies are designed for ease of use, with centralized management from a unified dashboard.
Server consolidation benefits*:
- Energy costs reduce by as much as 80 percent, saving more than $3,000 per year for each virtualized server workload
- New server provision time reduces by as much as 70 percent
- Hardware requirements reduce. Each host server running vSphere can support 1024+ virtual machines. Many organizations run as many as 15 applications on a single piece of hardware, reducing their hardware requirements by a 15:1 ratio
- Reduces amount of space needed for server room/data center
- Automates tedious daily IT tasks like provisioning, hardware maintenance and performance management. This allows an in-house IT team to focus on strategies which will grow a business, not just maintain it.
Server reduction is one way a business can become more eco-friendly — and be economically rewarded for taking the initiative.
Aside from the cost savings, there are marketing and public relation reasons to “go green”. Positioning your business as an environmentally friendly organization helps you build a strong client base. Your company gets known as a “good corporate citizen.”
Nettology is a VMware partner offering VMware consulting and implementation. We offer green- friendly information technology services. Contact us to learn more.