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.
You can find out more about VMWare at: http://www.vmware.com
You can sign a "Keep XP" petition at: http://www.savexp.com
You can find out more about Ubuntu Linux at: http://www.ubuntu.com