13 Apr '11, 5pm

A Roadmap to Green IT: Computers are both a good news and bad news story when it comes to sustainability and e...

A Roadmap to Green IT: Computers are both a good news and bad news story when it comes to sustainability and e...

Computers are both a good news and bad news story when it comes to sustainability and energy. First, the good news. Computers are a boon to the environment. Rack-mounted servers consume about 2.5 percent of all of the electricity in the U.S. but look at the myriad of services—email, Twitter, online shopping, banking—you get from them. Lighting consumes 22 percent. Yet, you could shut off the lights in your office now and probably continue to do your job. Teleconferencing systems pay for themselves in a year in avoided airplane tickets. Now, the bad news. Computers generate waste heat like saunas. Air conditioning can gobble up half or more of the power in data centers. Most of the time computers are in idle mode, but consume about 85 percent of the power that they would while active. Worse, many large web companies and banks say that their utilities have capped their power...

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