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Buying New IT Equipment?-Cut Cost With Green IT & Virtualization

Virtualization Cuts IT CostsIs your company considering a new IT purchase? If so, this is a perfect time to think Green IT!

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.

Great Turn Out For The Sun Digital Electronics Recycle Drive

eRecycle Charity Drive Ocala FL

electronics donation for Ocala charity drive

There was a terrific response from the Marion County, Florida community in supporting Sun Digital’s first eRecycle drive on Dec. 8, 2010. More than 45 cars turned out on this extremely cold December day to drop off trunks full of old electronic equipment.  The event filled  a large size Uhaul and included: 83 computer towers and laptops, 75 printers, 32 CRT monitors and televisions, 15 flat screen monitors, 2 large flat screen TV’s,  5 cell phones, 5 diabetic testers, 160lbs of cords and cables, and 330lbs of miscellaneous electronic equipment. The hundreds of dollars were raised for the United Way of Marion County to benefit the community care fund . The benefit to the Florida environment-PRICELESS!

There were several pieces of feedback received.  The resounding theme over and over was, “Are you going to have another eRecycle drive?” and “Thank You for holding this drive, I’ve been holding on this old electronic equipment for a while” and “I didn’t want to just throw the electronics in the dump and didn’t know what else to do with it.” The answer is YES, Sun Digital will be hosting another eRecycle Charity Drive Mid January 2011 (exact date is TBD).  Just after the holidays is a perfect time to help people, who received new electronic equipment and are  trying to figure out what to do with the old electronic equipment.

The eRecycling drives help the Marion County community in multiple ways. They help people clear unwanted electronic equipment out of their homes and businesses. They help the environment by keeping old electronics out of landfills by responsibly recycling them.  In addition, they help generate revenue that can be donated to the local Marion County community.  Very few fundraisers can say this!

Green IT Is Good-3 Ways To Get Your Company Started!

Green IT Is Good For FloridaGoing Green” with your company is just as important as going green in your personal life.  This is why Green IT Is Good. Green IT (Information Technology) helps companies to save the environment and cut IT costs.

Here are three ways to help your company get on the Green IT path.

1.       Recycling old (legacy) IT equipment- like workstations, monitors, servers and printers. Business either have an office or cubicle that is full of these items, taking up space and collecting dust or are throwing them into the trash.  According to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition

In 2008 3.16 million tons of e-waste was created, only 13.6% was recycled and the rest was trashed-in landfills or incinerators”.

“13.6% really, that’s it?” I have to ask myself! This staggering statistic is what led my company, Sun Digital, Inc. into developing Green IT solutions and offering electronics recycling as a service to our clients in the Ocala, Gainesville and Central Florida area.

2.       The virtualization of server networks and desktops allow companies to substantially reduce energy consumption and IT cost. If your company needs to update any IT infrastructure, virtualization should be at the top of mind.

3.       Outsourcing your IT support or moving your internal data center off-site, will not only cut your on-site energy computation and cost, but also gas consumption and pollution.

In future blog posts, we will explore the all Green IT options for Electronics Recycling, Virtualization and IT Outsourcing. In the meantime, please do your part in keeping Florida green.

Sun Digital, Inc

Sun Digital is the sponsor of this site and is committed to bringing Green IT awareness and solutions to small and medium size companies in the Ocala, Gainesville and Central Florida areas. Sun Digital is located at 7 East Silver Springs Blvd. Suite 202, Ocala FL 34470.

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