Study finds IT heads not interested in power saving
Power saving is in sleep mode...
A Forrester Research Survey has shown that, despite green pretensions, the vast majority of PCs have no power management regime because the IT chief says it's not his problem.
With most business IT energy costs not the CIO's (chief information officer) responsibility, IT people are not bothered about leaving unused PCs powered up, and are indirectly and uncaringly pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as a result.
In a survey of 91 IT managers in large and medium businesses, Forrester found that more than two thirds, 69 per cent, had not implemented any wide-ranging power management initiatives. A mere 13 per cent had done so, with another 18 per cent having gone part of the way.
There are simple PC power management applications available, such as Verdiem's Surveyor and IE's Nightwatchman, which can put a PC into sleep mode after a settable interval and also automatically switch power on and off for overnight periods. They can save users thousands of pounds or more a year, depending upon the size of their PC estate and power prices.
The US Environmental Protection Agency reckons a PC left on overnight is wasting between $25 and $75 of electricity a year. The city of Boston in the USA is saving $37,500 a year on its 1,500 PC estate using Verdiem's software, with the cost of the software much more than covered by the power bill savings.
The research indicates that business' facilities departments, where the electricity bills land, are largely ignorant or uncaring of IT power management issues. Green czars inside businesses therefore need to have wide-ranging access to power-using and power bill-paying departments in a business, and the corresponding ability to knock heads together. ®
Do we switch street lights off ? - there must be millions of them.
Yes they do. In my city they use motion sensors.
a greener way
give the users dumber terminal screens that are just remote desktops to some real servers with horsepower. eg citrix system. those dumb terminals use very little power, boot very quickly etc..and the only machines that need to be patched and virus scanned etc are the main boxes that peoples sessions are on. welcome back to 1980's architecture..welcome back to greener computing.
has anyone told India?
Our servers are in India, and its Indian Electricity, its cheaper than UK electricity. We also use phillipine electricity which is cheaper that Indian.
Cant see this going anywhere, you simply outsource the problem and it goes away, simples :)
Or, if you were actually halfway serious about it...
You would run Sun Ray or a similar thin client solution.
Pcs are not the only item
More likely monitors are not turned off either, and do they unplug their telephones, fax, printers, mobile charges, battery charges, water cooler, docking stations, external speakers and local network swtiches? Nope, so in reality threre's little savings.