The Rise of Green IT
With environmentalism moving into the mainstream, the need for green IT has become unequivocally pressing. Beyond the basics, like utilizing recycled components and technology, companies have plenty of other methods and tools at their disposal to reduce their carbon footprint.
Every global industry is feeling the pressure to become eco-friendly, as popular government initiatives and public outcry have created a market that simply expects businesses to go green. For example, a World Green Building Trends report from McGraw-Hill Construction suggests that more than 60% of new properties will be developed in an ecofriendly way in 2015. That figure is up from 28% in 2012.
Clearly, recycled materials and eco-friendly structures will come to dominate the market, a trend that the business and IT sectors are just now wising up to. However, for companies seeking to turn their IT systems green, there are a number of lesser-known tools they can employ to cut carbon emissions.
Green Server Optimization
Simply put, optimization is key when it comes to reducing your overall energy consumption. By ensuring that your company doesn’t waste any unnecessary power, you curb your carbon emissions and lower your maintenance and cooling costs in the process.
Thus, companies should look across their entire enterprise to locate any underutilized servers. From there, individual workloads can be consolidated onto the lowest number of servers possible. When businesses fully optimize, they can sunset more of their servers and rid themselves of unnecessary power and cooling facilities, resulting in an overall reduction in consumption.
Still, there will come a point when every server is as optimized as humanly possible, and your company will still feel the pressure to go greener. At this point, companies must consider creating an overall greener infrastructure. And due to the high demand for green IT products, better and more efficient technologies are continually in development.
Generally, the best product for a particular company’s infrastructure will vary on a case-to-case basis, but every CIO should investigate the many benefits of adopting green tech. According to the Gartner-published Hype Cycle for Green IT, 2015 report that cites TeamQuest’s own solutions and research, there are three categories of green technology that can resolve a number of common issues:
- Extreme Low-Energy Servers (ELES): An ELES is constructed to suit individual processor types, and is designed for use in low-power environments. Transitioning to an ELES datacenter can be costly and time-intensive, but will create significant power savings in the long term.
- Green Cooling: This technology often uses the surrounding air or local water to boost a cooling system’s efficiency. Green cooling can translate to significant cost savings, but the system a company ultimately chooses depends entirely on their environment.
- Server Digital Power Module Management: By placing server power supplies under microcontroller monitoring, a company can maximize the efficiency of their energy transfers, depending on monthly needs. This requires significant foresight and planning, but if handled correctly, it can greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
TeamQuest Tools for Going Green
The rise of green IT has noticeably sped up the proliferation of green tech to meet increased demand. But from a business perspective, it can be difficult to know when and where to invest in updated infrastructure.
By turning to TeamQuest’s suite of software solutions, companies can easily create sophisticated prediction models that indicate when and how they should incorporate green IT. Just as importantly, these models describe what a business’ transition period environment will look like through such significant infrastructural changes. It’s only by clearly virtualizing these problems that companies can reliably become greener enterprises, all with as little disruption involved as possible.
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