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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As vendors such as Microsoft and VMware compete for virtualization mindshare and dollars, businesses around the world continue to reduce their energy consumption and power bills by investing in this powerful technology. Some business customers saved an average of $470,000 annually by using its virtualization software, said Microsoft. For its part approximately half of all organizations studied reduced both floor space and rent costs, as well as power consumption, enabling them to reap an average savings of 16%, or about $700,000 a year for a 5 megawatt datacenter, according to VMware. The University of Miami, for example, slashed its energy costs by 80% after moving to a Microsoft-based virtualized data center, Microsoft said.
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.