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InformationWeek Daily - Thursday, Dec 13, 2007
It's Not Easy Being Green
Are "green computing" initiatives on your list of New Year's resolutions? If so, do you think you'll stick with those energy-efficiency efforts longer than your new diet?
With rising energy prices and power-hungry servers multiplying, are you doing anything to help rein in electricity use in your company's data centers?
A new report 'released this week by Stanford University researcher Jonathan Koomey says worldwide energy consumption for servers, cooling equipment and related infrastructure gear, doubled from 2000 to 2005, and could nearly double again by 2010 -- unless companies make a concerted effort for change.
The U.S. gobbled 40% of that energy to power its computers, according to the research. Worldwide in 2005, the electricity used to power servers was equivalent to 14 nuclear power or coal-burning plants. By 2010, that number could grow to 24 plants, if wasteful computing practices aren't addressed soon, he says.
So, what can you do to help cut back on energy use for the computers in your company? Technologies like virtualization software and server consolidation can help. But so can addressing more seemingly mundane sorts of things, like better managing data center cooling, and keeping a closer eye on electricity bills, which is something many CIOs often never see.
Also, spending a few extra bucks up front for pricier but more energy-resourceful power-supply equipment can also reduce electricity use -- and costs -- on the back end.
If companies worldwide implemented at least some of these changes, the growth in server-related energy-use by 2010 could be reduced by 20%, says Koomey.
If you're aiming to lose 20 pounds in 2008 to look and feel better, do you think you'd also able to shave 20% off your data center's electricity consumption by 2010 to save your company some "green" -- as well as be "greener?"
If not, maybe five pounds and 5% are more doable. That's certainly better than nothing.
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Is Your Computer Keyboard Dishwasher Safe?
My keyboard is pretty nasty. It just accumulates dirt. About a year ago, I made a new rule for myself: No eating at my desk. That helped a little, but my keyboard still looks like a fraternity house after homecoming weekend. So I was excited to see this news on the Internet: Most keyboards are dishwasher safe.
Will Business Use Of GPS And Location Services Go Vertical Next Year?Location and GPS seem to be on everyone's minds these days. Seeing as it's it the end of the year, it's time to break out the crystal ball and see what lies ahead. Where will GPS and location services go in 2008? Will the market for these mobile technologies fragment into vertically-specific applications or will there be one set of horizontal mobile GPS apps?
Second Life CTO Leaves Amid Reports Of Falling Out With CEO
Cory Ondrejka, who was employee #4 at Linden Lab, the company that develops Second Life, either quit Tuesday, or was fired.. As with most high-level corporate departures, his going out the door was marked by a terse, vague statement by his -- former -- employers, and a great deal of discussion on blogs. The big question for the Second Life community: Will the change mean faster fixes for the stability and usability problems that plague the grid, or will Ondrejka's departure make things worse?
Nokia Goes Green
Here's yet another example of how a tech company is "going green": The world's No. 1 phone maker, Nokia, has developed an Eco Sensor Concept that involves a wearable mobile phone and a sensing device that analyzes your health and surrounding environment.
Knowing When To Change Is Half The Battle
The world of Web 2.0 can turn on a dime. And the horse you rode into this business may not always be the one you finish the race with. Just ask the pioneers behind Journalspace and Reezle who had to adapt to the fast and fickle world of social networks or face extinction.
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B2B Collaboration: Assessing the ROI of Process Integration Business and IT leaders are under increasing pressure to improve B2B collaboration and the electronic communication capabilities of their organizations. This report looks at the key drivers for B2B collaboration in both the purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash areas and provides an ROI framework to help companies assess their areas of opportunity.
A Leading Power Utility Reaches for Transactional Efficiency A leading power utilities company had a substantial amount of money being paid out in duplicate payments and auditor's fees. The company's director of accounting services considered this a serious problem. The Oversight project originated with and was driven by finance professionals.
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