PC power management software also happens to be one of my personal favorite green technologies, simply because I view it as relatively nondisruptive (once you get the settings just right to match end-users' computing habits) with an easy-to-measure ROI. I'm glad to see Washburn has identified it as another green technology poised for significant success -- one that offers a high level of "business value-add" to boot. He predicts it will enjoy further adoption as vendor interest in the technology increases.
Green tech No. 5: Server virtualization
Over the past two years, server virtualization has shaped up to be one of the most widely used technologies among the InfoWorld Green 15 winners, including the U.S. Navy, Bryant University, Burt's Bees, and Cal State East Bay. It's a perfect example of a green technology, enabling organizations to get more processing power out of servers, thus reducing energy consumption, cooling requirements, and investments in new hardware. Further, it can allow companies to postpone costly, time-consuming, resource-intensive datacenter construction projects.
Given server virtualization's various merits, Forrester has pegged the technology as poised for significant success and one that offers a high business value-add. According to Forrester, server virtualization is already being used at 46 percent of enterprise organizations. Nearly 10 percent more are expected to adopt virtualization in the next 12 months. As companies become more comfortable with the technology -- which can be complex at first blush -- it will become ubiquitous within the next three years, Forrester predicts.
Green tech No. 6: Storage capacity optimization (SCO)
Storage waste abounds in the enterprise as end-users cling to old files they likely will never need. Meanwhile, according to the report, "storage environments are plagued with low utilization rates (around 40 percent) and highly redundant data (with deduplication ratios around 20 to 1)."
Thus, companies find themselves having to invest in more and more storage equipment, which means higher energy bills, leading to higher carbon emissions and more e-waste down the road.