ROI, not eco-friendliness, a bigger selling point for green tech

June 20, 2008
Interest in green technology is out there, but price remains the No. 1 barrier to wider-spread adoption, far more so than skepticism that green tech is really good for the environment. Those are among the survey findings released this week by Green Factor, a joint initiative between Strategic Oxygen, GCI Group, and Cohn and Wolfe aimed at "illuminating 'green' marketing opportunities and further[ing] 'green'-foc
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Sun, employees find big savings from Open Work telecommuting program

June 19, 2008
Sun recently released some rather interesting data about the success of its Open Work Program, whereby employees work from home or a flexible office, either part-time or full. The findings further make a believer out of me that organizations, employees, and the planet as a whole can benefit from telecommuting programs. [For more on the benefits of telecommuting, please read "Give telecommuting the green light."]
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Are green IT premiums worth the cost?

June 19, 2008
Organizations are investing in green computers -- that is, machines that are energy efficient and built in an environmentally responsible manner -- at ever-increasing rates. Sometimes they pay a small premium to do this. Is it worth it? They seem to think so. And their belief is not unfounded. Organizations that invest in green hardware find that the energy savings, extended product lifecycle, and other benefits
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Live webstream of Intel's "eco-technology great debates"

June 11, 2008
I wrote about these debates the other day, and they're now under way. You can watch it live below. The debate about AC vs. DC has already started. Next up will be Air Cooling vs. Liquid, followed by Thin Clients vs. Managed Thick Clients....
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IBM makes Big Green push for modular datacenters

June 11, 2008
Designing and building a datacenter has many pitfalls: There's time spent -- and often wasted -- as representatives from departments throughout the organization gather round the table and butt heads over the design of the new facility. There's also the wasteful practice of building more datacenter than you actually need, be it in terms of size, density, or redundancy. You end up stuck paying the bills to build a
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AC or DC? Thin clients or thick? Intel to host green debates

June 09, 2008
With companies becoming increasingly aware of the potential cost savings and environmental benefits of green tech, some are mulling some big questions. Among them, which is the most efficient way to cool the datacenter, with air or liquid? Is DC power a viable alternative to AC? And can thin clients replace thick clients on the desktop? If any (or all) of these questions pique your interest, consider tuning in t
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Dell M-Series demonstrates its green credentials

June 09, 2008
When Dell unveiled its M-Series blade systems earlier this year, the company pointed a very green spotlight on the machines, touting their high energy efficiency. That power savings stems not only from the machines' 90-plus percent efficient power supplies but an innovative cooling-system design and management software. The company certainly had a convincing green tale to tell, prompting me to do a deep-dive wri
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Hail to the energy chief

June 05, 2008
Who should be responsible for your company's energy initiatives? Your organization may be grappling with the answer to that question. Controlling IT energy consumption has become a high priority for many companies as a way to lower costs, maintain business operations, and reduce their impact on the environment. It can be a rather daunting challenge, given that so many areas of a company's IT infrastructure -- fr
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HP: Goodbye copper, hello lasers

June 04, 2008
Imagine, if you will, an IT system connected not by copper-based electrical wiring but by optic laser communication links. Called photonic interconnections, the technology would make it possible to eventually fit hundreds of processors on server system chips while delivering 20 times the energy efficiency that's possible today. Led by R. Stanley Williams, senior fellow and director of HP's Information and Quantu
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Relieve gas pains with telecommuting

June 03, 2008
With gas prices continuing to soar (they've already crossed the $4 per gallon mark in my area), some companies are trying out a new strategy to help employees save some money while reducing their carbon emissions, according to Reuters: offering a four-day work week instead of five. At the right organization, it can be an elegant way to boost employee morale while doing something good for the planet. But I'm also
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