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  • How to get your green IT cred

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    The push is on for companies to go green, and IT professionals will likely feel the pressure to deliver. Although most ITers don't have specialized eco-skills, there are ways to develop this knowledge, and to parlay what you already know.
  • The new green data center: From energy avoidance to energy efficiency

    Posted August 6, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    Avoiding energy use is one part of an approach to address power, cooling, floor space and environmental (PCFE) challenges, but not all applications, data or workloads can be consolidated or powered down. The trick is finding the right balance between energy avoidance and energy efficiency, says Greg Schulz, author of 'The Green and Virtual Data Center'.
  • Green IT tactics save energy, cut operating costs

    Posted August 3, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Implementing greener IT tactics such as consolidating or decommissioning underused devices and/or applications can provide immediate reductions in energy consumption and costs. They are practical ways for your organization to contain costs and improve operating efficiency while reducing carbon emissions.
  • 4 Tips to Make Your Small-Business Data Center Green

    Posted July 28, 2009 - 5:50 pm

    It isn't just enterprises who want to improve their carbon footprint and save money in the server room. Here's a few techniques you can put to work right now that can save big bucks on your company's electric bill.
  • Earth Rangers Builds a Green Future with Efficient Storage

    Posted July 16, 2009 - 10:57 am

    Earth Rangers is a Canadian non-profit organization that is focused on inspiring children to have a positive impact on the environment. The company also inspires the public and corporate leaders with its innovative headquarters.
  • The tipping point for green IT

    Posted July 8, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Success for global green IT depends on the continued collaboration among groups within your company, among technology vendors, data center design and build businesses, energy utilities, governments, and organizations such as the Green Grid and the Uptime Institute. In short, almost everyone can collaborate on green IT.
  • Downturn driving green IT into data centers

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 10:47 am

    The recession is driving green IT into data centres, and organisations that are facing continued pressure on their budgets and data centre resource, are now actively investigating software and outsourcing alternatives.
  • Panasonic aims laser at TV recycling

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Panasonic has a new weapon in its recycling arsenal for dealing with cathode ray tubes from old televisions: a powerful laser that can quickly weaken the thick glass and enable a three-fold increase in processing speed.
  • Dell and HP take knocks in India over recycling programs

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP) were criticized by Greenpeace for not implementing their product recycling services properly in India.
  • Greenpeace pans PC makers for toxic products

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 7:49 pm

    Greenpeace International on Wednesday criticized some major PC makers for backtracking on commitments to reduce hazardous substances in hardware.
  • EPA specs to bring energy efficiency to PCs

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    New power-efficiency specifications being implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday could help consumers purchase energy-efficient electronics while cutting energy costs.
  • How Raytheon's IT Department Helps Meet Green Goals

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 7:59 pm

    Corporate sustainability programs that address efficiencies throughout an organization will make the greatest impact over time. Following that premise, Raytheon's sustainability initiative involves a green IT strategy as one of several ways the company is reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. The company has realized its initial greenhouse gas reduction goal, with Raytheon IT delivering measurable environmental and operational improvements as part of the enterprisewide effort.
  • HP “Insight From the Experts” Video Series

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Many vendors say they love small businesses, but do little beyond talk. HP directs a huge amount of resources toward both small business education and their reseller channel, which provides the majority of their sales contacts with small businesses. HP just released a series of videos, including your humble narrator, called Insight from the Experts. My video is titled Backup Up Your Business.

  • Energy-efficient servers earn a star -- but so what?

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 9:47 am

    The EPA's Energy Star server certification program will help the environmentally conscious but isn't likely to change major buying patterns anytime soon.
  • IBM supercomputer to heat university buildings

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    Excess waste heat from a supercomputer being constructed by IBM will be used to warm nearby university buildings in Switzerland.
  • IBM survey: CSR a hit and a miss for global companies

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    While most companies understand the need for sustainable and environment-friendly business strategies, very few are committed to the goal of achieving them, an IBM study on corporate social responsibility (CSR) revealed recently.
  • Microsoft has big plans for power-saving tools

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced online tools that could help consumers reduce energy consumption costs, and said it had big plans for products in the pipeline.
  • Apple finds silver lining in verdict on green claims

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    An advertising watchdog concluded Apple may have misled consumers but still meets high standards
  • Smaller, Smarter, Synced

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 11:56 am

    I'm on several media lists as an expert source for technology quotes, especially for small business technology. One came through today that caught my eye as an interesting topic, but one that small and medium businesses should ignore. The question was about great new innovations in the pipeline.
  • How to Recycle Empty Ink Cartridges

    Posted June 19, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Each year, millions of empty toner and inkjet cartridges are thrown into the trash, ending up in our planet's landfills or incinerators. Recycling these empty cartridges is easy, profitable and environmentally beneficial. It helps reduce solid waste, conserves raw materials and the energy needed to produce a new product.
  • EU, US push computers, printers to be greener

    Posted June 17, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Computers, copiers and printers sold in the European Union and the U.S. will have to become more energy efficient starting next month in order to gain Energy Star approval, following an agreement signed Wednesday by the European Commission and the EPA.
  • Bull launches 'green' supercomputer

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Bull has launched the bullx, a supercomputer that uses blade servers and water cooling to be green and fast, the company said on Tuesday.
  • Researchers Speed Up the Chase for Cooler Data Centers

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 10:29 am

    With energy costs rising and data centers at the core of IT strategy for many companies, cooling the growing number of computers jammed into data centers is an issue that has taken center stage.
  • 200 solar-powered network sensors to monitor rainforest

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation (CSIRO) will install some 200 solar-powered, sensor network nodes over the next two years to help rehabilitate rainforest in the Springbrook World Heritage precinct in south-east Queensland.
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    Posted June 10, 2009 - 2:57 pm

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