Cost-savings and energy efficiencies go hand-in-hand. The poor economy and a collective awareness of the finite resources available to the world are encouraging businesses to invest in green technologies. In fact, 60% of companies now have green criteria for their technology purchases, a Forrester Research study found. Cutting costs is the primary motivator, while real or anticipated regulatory issues and pressure from buyers also ranked high, the report said. Only 30% were driven by their desir
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The twinkling lights and 24x7 shrill of gambling machines scarcely seem conducive to energy-savings, yet the City of Las Vegas is taking many steps to reduce consumption. Las Vegas saved about $50,000 a year merely by shutting down its computers at night, and rack systems, which replaced the city's mainframes, reduced power-consumption by 15%, a published report said. This year, Las Vegas plans to install 1 MW of solar panels on 17 municipal parking garages, invest $3.5 million in LED lighting and spend $4 million to retrofit 17 buildings. In addition, the city will license Hara’s Environmental and Energy Management software to track its $15 million of annual electricity and natural gas use; energy monitoring and management is expected to save the city about $150,000 a year, according to Hara.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.