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28 Apr 2009 03:04:05

Businesses must set realistic goals for green ICT

Businesses must set realistic goals for green ICT
Businesses hoping to cut down on their emissions and operating costs by deploying more energy efficient PCs must ensure that they set themselves realistic targets.

That is according to Gartner, which estimated that PC usage accounts for 31 percent of all the energy required by corporate information and communications technology (ICT).

Advising enterprises that they can no longer treat green ICT schemes as optional, the market analyst suggested that setting blanket goals may sound good in theory, but could turn out to be unachievable.

Stephen Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, said that organisations need to manage their PCs as part of an "overall corporate environment strategy" that allows for a reduction in energy usage without interrupting the workforce.

Low-level power management features are available on most PCs straight out of the box, according to Frederica Troni, principal research analyst at the company.

She added: "PC configuration management suites increasingly include power management capabilities, while third-party power management point solutions can provide further capabilities."

Although ICT spending is expected to fall globally this year, Gartner has forecast that companies in Australia will continue to allocate finance to green IT projects, such as virtualisation, as a priority.

It also identified network infrastructure improvements, collaboration tools and video web-conferencing as other areas of investment that enterprises will use to reduce their energy consumption and emissions output.



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