In the early past of 2009 Cisco made a big announcement in the early part of 2009 about their EnergyWise framework which enables us to start managing power of PoE devices.Did they overplay the demand for this and how mindful are we of our own role in conserving power in our own IT infrastructure? Lets look at some of the facts, in the airline industry is hammered for contributing a total of 1.5% towards the worlds carbon emissions, as soon as this came about they vowed to reduce that by half by 2050 but why did they not look at this beforehand, does it cost more to be environmentally aware of your footprint?
Actually it doesn’t, together with saving the planet comes greater efficiency and a reduction of our own costs, now I grant you Green IT has had bad press, its one of the most competitive industries in which you have to sell your "wares" so we shouldn’t be surprised that a certain security vendor painted their appliances green so they looked more huggable.
However if you look close enough there are ways to save costs, SolarWinds Orion is EnergyWise compatible and can automatically discover devices that can be powered down to low standby states, using Verdiem Surveyor you can manage the pc estate and ensure that those devices are conserving power wherever they can be.
So before we get ourselves in a blustery state about turning parts of the IT estate off at night lets think a little more about what we are wasting and consider the fact that we throw our toys out of the pram at the suggestion of powering down pc's because we are too afraid they will never restart again, lol... and that doesn’t sound like we are in control now does it.
Oh and by the way ICT equipment accounts for about 10% of the UK's carbon emissions, for more information read the An Inefficient Truth report.