IP telephony can be greener today. Simple actions and smart methods for running IP telephones and ethernet switches repeated many times over make a big difference. Make power efficiency a buying criteria for IP phones and Ethernet switches. Design your network to use less power including 10/100M where more is not needed and using two-tier architecture instead of three tier when possible. Use switches for your IP telephones and deploy automated power saving modules to phone banks. Powering down phones during non-business hours will save 75% in electricity costs per office.
"Green" networks are a hot topic, and saving on power costs is a corporate mandate at many enterprises. Many aspects of an IP Telephony deployment offer unique challenges in this area. For example, many enterprises are unaware of the cost to power their wiring closets. These costs are likely to increase as enterprises deploy power over Ethernet into each wiring closets. Learn more about how to conserve power and reduce costs.