Special focus: green IT

Ensuring that information and communications technology is designed and configured to be energy efficient, that its operation observes the rules of environmentally-responsible best practice, is driving the agenda for enterprise computing and resource management. E&T tracks how this important issue affects the deployment of ICT, and how it is impacting upon IT practice, from software engineering to systems architecture, procurement, and the requirement to meet regulatory compliances and international legislative mandates.

 

Selected green-it news

The IET launches new Information & Communications Sector

The IET launches new Information & Communications Sector

The IET has launched its new Information and Communications Sector to become the Institution’s principle focal point for technology professionals involved in the field.

Google to digitise 250k books in British Library

Google to digitise 250k books in British Library

Google plans to digitise a quarter of a million books from the British Library's collections in an ambitious books project.

ICT investment ‘brings cities improved environmental controls’

ICT investment ‘brings cities improved environmental controls’

Cities with high levels of ICT maturity better manage issues such as environmental management, infrastructure, public security, healthcare, and education.

UK infrastructure needs to consider climate change impacts, study says

UK infrastructure needs to consider climate change impacts, study says

UK infrastructure design and planning needs to take into account the impact of climate change, a report says.

Green bank should fund energy efficient manufacturing

Green bank should fund energy efficient manufacturing

The Green Investment Bank must fund new innovations to reduce energy emissions in manufacturing, argue engineers.

Networks face radical overhaul to cut energy consumption

Networks face radical overhaul to cut energy consumption

Mobile, wired and home networks may have to be completely rethought to end an exponential rise in the energy used by communication, according to an industry group.

Governance regains central role in IT security

Governance regains central role in IT security

Governance is playing an increasingly important part of information security within enterprises.

Virtualisation and cloud computing to dominate data centres until 2013

Virtualisation and cloud computing to dominate data centres until 2013

The final instalment of Cisco's Connected World Report suggests that IT departments continue to adopt new technologies but struggle to maintain security and data governance policies.

IBM adds air cooling for more power-efficient data centres

IBM adds air cooling for more power-efficient data centres

IBM is targeting data centre sustainability with containerised data centres that save on air-conditioning costs by using ambient air for cooling, plus analytical software for better planning.

NLyte adds BI to data centre management software

NLyte adds BI to data centre management software

The latest version of nlyte’s data centre infrastructure management software DCIM 6.0 does more to help data centres managers forecast capacity and billing requirements.

IT spending to hit $2.5 trillion next year: Gartner

Worldwide enterprise IT spending is forecast to reach $2.5 trillion next year - a 3.1 per cent increase from a $2.4 trillion outlay in 2010, according to analyst Gartner, itself a 2.4 per cent increase from 2009.

Green IT in the wrong department, survey suggests

According to a survey of IT professionals conducted by consultancy Externus, only 13 per cent of organisations employ a dedicated ‘green’ member of staff.

Google, eBay trial fuel cell system for servers

Online über-brands Google and Ebay have been trialling fuel cell technology from Bloom Energy to power their buildings and IT infrastructure.

Lack of IT/FM coordination may hinder energy cost reductions

Nearly 80 per cent of senior IT decision makers say that their companies spent up to 25 per cent of their total IT budgets on energy-related costs, compared to 44 per cent for whom that was the case in a similar survey conducted last year, claims a survey by data centre specialist Brocade Communications.

Data centres ‘ignoring Green’ in drive to slash costs

Only one-in-eight data centre managers cite a desire to 'go Green' as the key reason for implementing energy-saving solutions, a survey of registered attendees at Data Centres World has revealed, falling from one-in-three this time in 2008.

SMEs are biggest fans of green tech

Small and mid-sized firms are more open to emerging technologies and the benefits of green IT than their global competitors, according to research by industry association CompTIA.

Green issues baffling IT users

Enterprise IT users are being confused by vendors over-focusing on green issues as the industry changes its focus to environmentally friendly IT, a report by Gartner says.

CIOs may be ‘double counting’ carbon

Research undertaken among 100 UK CIOs companies employing more than 1000 people reveals that 76 per cent believe that the carbon footprint of outsourced IT operations should still count towards the overall footprint of their organisation.

Low-carbon economy will pay its way, predicts Martin

The transition to a low-carbon economy will bring big financial gains to the societies that undertake it, according to author James Martin in an exclusive interview for IET.tv’s IT Channel.

IT professionals 'less concerned' about environmental impact

Senior IT professionals are becoming less concerned about the impact their businesses are having on the environment. According to a survey by Version One, 86 per cent of senior IT professionals are concerned about the negative impact their company is having on the environment, down 12 per cent compared with an identical survey carried out by Version One in February 2007.

Selected green-it features

Processors go slow to save energy

Processors go slow to save energy

Processors are working too hard and draining the battery too fast, so could they learn some lessons in energy conservation from the sagacious sloth?

G-cloud: government runs into trouble

G-cloud: government runs into trouble

The UK Cabinet Office thinks that cloud computing can deliver cost savings to public sector IT expenditure; but insourcing outsourcing is throwing up some dilemmas.

IT systems in Universities – case study

IT systems in Universities – case study

IT manager Steve Bowes-Phipps reveals how the University of Hertfordshire has upgraded to meet the demands being placed on academia's data centres.

Exascale supercomputers struggle with energy demand

Exascale supercomputers struggle with energy demand

Exascale computers aren't as far-futuristic as you may think - you could build one now, so long as you have a dozen nuclear power stations to run it, reports E&T.

Green IT gets personal

Green IT gets personal

Can rewarding techies for reducing the energy consumption of their employers' ICT estate yield environmental dividends? E&T investigates.

Green IT enters new phase

Green IT enters new phase

Five years ago the concept of 'green IT' was just a warm aisle whisper - now it is integral to shaping the future of enterprise computing.

The green office myth

How does sustainability sit with current management strategies? 

Viewpoint

It's not easy being 'green'

Greyer shade of green

Are sustainable IT policies always compatible with an organisation's wider corporate agenda?

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