Here's how to succeed with green IT
26 January 2016
Is your business environmentally friendly and succeeding with Green IT? Find out how you can make your business green and decrease your carbon footprint by reviewing your IT policy.
More and more companies are adopting a successful flexible working policy, with some global organisations claiming to have more than half of their employees regularly working out of office. A successful flexible working policy relies upon robust network access and a remote system to carry out a normal days work anywhere they choose. The benefits around this flexibility means a better work/life balance for your employees, and decreased travel requirements to and from the office. By empowering your employees by enabling them to work from home, carbon emissions from travel are reduced, and so are your operational day-to-day costs.
In this technology driven world, businesses need to constantly upgrade their hardware to the latest model to ensure functionality and efficiency. A by-product of refreshing your hardware is of course old kit, and this has resulted in a lot of perfectly fine hardware going to landfill, as this is often the cheapest option. When hardware reaches the end of its life, or you simply want to upgrade, it doesn’t mean it cannot be reused by other organisations or at the very least stripped down for parts. Purchasing recycled hardware can prove much cheaper than buying new, and is miles better for the environment than manufacturing.
A great way to reduce energy consumption is to swap your traditional desktop PC for a thin client. With less moving parts and less CPU, they produce less heat, are much quieter when in operation and are significantly cheaper in price than a PC. The lifecycle of the hardware is extended to at least 10 years, with support and maintenance costs becoming dramatically lower than when your normal desktops were in place.
Enterprises who adopt a cloud computing solution can benefit in many ways, as it offers flexibility and scalability, without having to spend lots of money in one go on new software or hardware. It allows employees to work remotely, which reduces vehicle emissions. It also reduces the need for on-premise hardware by “outsourcing” it to the cloud, which also reduces energy outputs from your office.
By virtualising your servers, you can build up a much more powerful and eco-friendly environment. One virtualised server can replace up to 10 regular servers, resulting in a business IT system which is much greener and energy efficient. Less physical servers also mean a lower requirement for cooling, which is expensive and energy-sucking. Ultimately, server virtualisation consolidates all servers into a single location, replacing unnecessary hardware with online devices and resources.