By: Darren Bonawitz
Many companies are turning to renewable energy to power their facilities and decrease their carbon footprints. With data centers being one of the largest users of energy, turning to renewable energy may be in the near future. But is this plausible? Renewable energy must first scale to accommodate data centers to meet their power requirements. Secondly, renewable energy must be cost-effective solution for data centers because even one center per kilowatt hour (kWhr) higher in a data center is a considerable strain on profits. Finally in order to rely solely on renewable energy it has to be a reliable option.
We won’t get there without research and baby steps in the right direction, coupled with innovation incentives to entrepreneurs and researchers to keep driving them towards creating better solutions.
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Article from the Environmental Leader here outlines how the Symantec Corp, an infrastructure software provider, will save $2.1 million dollars by their green IT efforts in a little over 3 years. Its a good read and case study on how green IT efforts can impact a specific company, and adds credibility to our continuing efforts. We brought up the benefits of greening IT up in a previous post – To Green The Data Center, IT Has To Feel Some Pain, and hope this article from a leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news helps prove our point that going green is a must!
Also, another article from the Environmental Leader finds that, according to a recent survey from Symantec, nearly all senior-level IT executives are at least discussing a green information technology (IT) strategy, while 45 percent have already implemented green IT initiatives. This is big news for the future of Green IT! Here’s the full story.