Many IT equipment manufactures have developed Green products to enable your company to cut energy consumption and also help cut IT costs.
Dell has developed Dell Go Green, and interactive forum for people to share tips and ideas on general ways to Go Green and forum members rate the information. HP has specific tips and case studies on Green IT with their Green IT Tools and Tips. This is where I found the Green IT For Dummies Special Edition. This guide breaks Green IT down into very simple concepts, tips and examples. Two of these I found particularly useful for this blog topic.
1. If your company is planning on retiring old IT equipment and purchasing new equipment, the guide suggests that you can include environmental questions into your purchasing requests like “…‘Are you ISO 14001 certified?’ or ‘Do the devices meet energy or environmental certifications?’ encourage your IT suppliers to demonstrate the environmental credentials of their company and the products you’re buying.”
2. The guide also suggests server virtualization. “ …virtualization software which enables applications to run wherever there is room for them. Previously, a server might have run a single application. Now each one can run a mix of jobs and earn its keep more effectively. Reducing the amount of equipment, releases space and liberates the redundant machines for reuse or recycling.”
These are just two examples of things to consider if your company is planning on purchasing new IT equipment. If your company needs help understanding the benefits of Green IT and virtualization, there are companies like Sun Digital , who is certified in Green IT and have helped many businesses in the Ocala, Gainesville and Central Florida area Go Green and reduce cost with their IT.