Sustainable IT - Ways to make and keep your business Green

Sustainable IT

With the Green Revolution in full effect, organizations are looking for ways to grow their business in sustainable ways. IT is a great place to begin your mini green revolution within your enterprise. Server virtualization via products like VMWare allows you to consolidate many physical servers onto fewer physical servers by converting servers into virtual machines. This not only reduces the overall cost of hardware in your data center, but also reduces the amount of electricity required to power and cool your data center. This is a very green way to save money and grow your business responsibly.

Yet another way to help green your business is to install Linux or keep Windows XP on your workstations in lieu of installing Vista. Vista is a known resource hog that almost always requires new hardware to use. Not only that, but the business benefits of switching from XP to Vista are ZERO. Replacing all or most of your enterprise desktops for a Vista upgrade that offers no tangible business benefits to your company is a lose:lose situation all around. You will waste valuable capital to make the upgrade that will not help business. You will waste employee time (and salary with it) during and after the upgrade process. In addition, every desktop that you replace will have to be recycled or disposed of in some way. This is the biggest waste of resources a company could possibly endure for no tangible benefit. For the mean time (and the foreseeable future) it is more fiscally and environmentally responsible to keep Windows XP or switch to Linux for the corporate desktop. You will save money, increase value for your share holders, and most importantly, save the environment from a seriously unwarranted negative impact.

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You can sign a "Keep XP" petition at:

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  1. Moving toward Linux is not only a great way to go green, but it's a great way to move toward a better world in other ways. Long live free software. It's cheaper, better, more flexible, and wait for it...nobody can end-of-life it!

  2. Products like VMware are having a major impact on both hardware and software vendors. I did a VMware conversion at one company and we crunched 70 servers down to a 4 node ESX cluster .. that is 66 1-2U servers that no longer have to be purchased or managed. Software vendors can't force hardware upgrades as easily because VMware lets you track resource usage so you can actually tell how much CPU/RAM you really need, without having to overspec every server you buy. The only technical barrier I've seen to widespread adoption of virtual environments is lack of support from the software vendors, but that will have to change if certain vendors want to say in business.