collaboration

VMware Zimbra IT Simplification through Virtual Appliance

Posted in acquisition, collaboration, email, it-simplification-strategy, open-source, virtual-appliance, vmware, vmware-zimbra-acquisition, zimbra on January 13th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

VMware acquires Zimbra to further its IT simplification mission with virtual appliances for collaboration platforms. …

… “Virtual appliances are just virtual machines pre-populated with an operating system and applications that can be downloaded and easily started without installation and with minimal configuration. Once deployed onto VMware vSphere, the Zimbra virtual appliance will automatically benefit from the built-in VMware vSphere scalability, availability, and security services. We see this on-premise virtual appliance distribution and deployment model as a very simple yet effective approach for providing employees with collaboration capabilities, especially for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). ” …

Via VMware: Zimbra Acquisition

Cisco EMC VMware Data Center Coalition

Posted in agility, cisco, cloud-computing, coalition, collaboration, data-center, emc, flexibility, infrastructure, private-cloud, reduce-costs, reduce-power-consumption, virtualization, vmware on November 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Cisco, EMC, and VMWare partner to accelerate the implementation of virtualization solutions for data centers, which will result in lower costs and power usage. …

… “The coalition has been created to accelerate customers’ ability to increase business agility through greater IT infrastructure flexibility, and lower IT, energy and real estate costs through pervasive data center virtualization and a transition to private cloud infrastructures. ” …

Via Cisco: Pervasive Data Center Virtualization

Cisco China Investment in Green Tech Research

Posted in cisco, collaboration, country-china, green-it-strategy, green-technology, innovation, investment, region-asia, sustainability on September 15th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Cisco invests in green technology development in the Chongqing, China area with an emphasis on sensor networking. …

… “Cisco will collaborate with Chongqing to build a Joint Research Laboratory for Green Technologies, focusing on innovation in wireless sensor networks and next-generation Internet. They will also establish the Cisco-Chongqing Green Technologies Innovation Center, which will accelerate the development and commercialization of green technologies, increasing cooperation between Cisco’s research facilities in China and building local capability. Over the next 5 years, Cisco will further invest in local companies that display outstanding performance in promoting sustainable local economic development through green technologies. ” …

Via Cisco: Chongqing, China Investment

Business Ecology Initiative

Posted in business-drivers, business-ecology, collaboration, ibm, initiatives on May 30th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

SSA Green Data Center Project

Posted in administration, collaboration, government, green-building, green-data-center, leadership, leed-certification, project, technology-investment on May 26th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Michael Gallagher, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Social Security Administration, discusses the investment in a new green data center at the NCC. The EPA National Computer Center building is LEED Silver. …

NCC will house a new green data center

… “This new center will replace our aging 30-year-old National Computer Center. In addition to being state-of-the-art, the new facility will incorporate green building technology and use new energy efficient equipment and processes. To ensure the project is completed on time, on budget, and in full compliance with Recovery Act requirements, we and GSA have both assigned experienced project managers. We look forward to this important collaboration, and I would like to thank GSA for its leadership of this vital project. ” …

Via Social Security Administration: Statement of Michael Gallagher, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management

Video Collaboration Studios Power P&G into Green 15

Posted in collaboration, communications, green-it-solutions, procter-gamble, travel-reduction, video-collaboration, video-conferencing on April 27th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

The Procter & Gamble Company has be recognized as one of InfoWorld’s Green 15 award winners for successful travel reduction using video collaboration enabled by Cisco’s Telepresence technology. …

… “P&G is constantly looking for efficient ways to utilize available resources. To better enable employee connection and communication and to deliver on its renewed commitment to sustainability, P&G identified, and ultimately implemented, a green strategy supported by a high-end communications system. Telepresence is not only a good business decision but it also has tremendous environmental benefits. P&G began deploying Video Collaboration Studios across its global network in October 2007 with the goal of implementing 43 studios in just nine months. Today, there are more than 50 studios up and running saving the company millions in travel costs with the expectation that these saving will continue to grow as more studios are added and video enabled collaboration tools become embedded in business practices. A significant benefit of the technology is the ability to reduce the environmental impact of traveling. From July 2008 to December 2008, VCS helped P&G eliminate 6000 international flights – the equivalent of taking 3000 cars off the road for a year. ” …

Via Procter & Gamble: InfoWorld’s Green 15

SAP Green IT 2.0 Zone for Innovation

Posted in business-value, collaboration, community, green-it-initiatives, green-it-solutions, green-it-strategy, research-development, sap, strategies, strategy, sustainability, sustainability-initiative on April 21st, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

SAP is working with its customers to understand how to harness virtualization for ERP system landscapes and leverage this technology for business value and sustainability objectives. To foster this customer collaboration, SAP is sponsoring a Green IT community. The company expects to generate innovative green IT solutions beyond the traditional data center space and views this horizon as green IT 2.0. …

… “The foreground of energy efficiency and waste reduction – the green IT 1.0 zone where many strategists focus today – will soon be eclipsed by a broader horizon. IT will drive new sustainability value in business processes and public infrastructure projects in the world of green IT 2.0, that will spur IT innovation and growth for years to come. SAP will use the new, SAP-led Green IT community to drive sustainability research and development initiatives with partners and customers. SAP will continue to promote innovative optimization technologies like virtualization together with its partners and offer relevant services, such as system landscape optimization, which help customers maximize the use of their computing resources. ” …

Via SAP: Green IT Strategic Focus Area

Sustainable Italian City

Posted in collaboration, country-italy, ibm, innovation, intelligent-dashboard, region-europe, services, sustainability, transformation-project on April 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

The city of Parma and IBM start a strategic collaboration to transform Parma into a Smart City. IBM experts will serve on governing team to steer the city as its implements new models for sustainability that integrate intelligence through digital solutions. The concept is to transform city service into a citizen-friendly, paperless, and virtual government model. …

… “Parma is a modern city, home to approximately 200,000 people, and famous for its culture, art and food. The city’s management is planning citizen-focused innovations that will provide new intelligence for existing infrastructure to optimize resources, reduce traffic congestion, improve services to citizens and businesses and make the city smarter and more efficient. ” …

Via IBM: Sustainable Model for New and Improved Services

Future Vision of Data Center: Simplicity

Posted in collaboration, data-center, future, infrastructure, netapp, partnership, simplicity, virtualization, vision, vmware on March 27th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Virtual Worlds

Posted in carbon-footprint, collaboration, ibm, software, teams, travel-reduction, virtual-teams, virtual-world on March 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Collaborate in a virtual business world
IBM continues to innovate in the collaborative software space. Teams can collaborate effectively, without requiring travel to in-person meetings. This results in cost savings and lower carbon footprint. …

… “IBM is now allowing selected clients test Sametime 3D, a new tool which will let business colleagues not only exchange instant messages and chat verbally, but also share presentations and ideas in private, prefabricated, reusable meeting spaces located in a variety of virtual worlds. These spaces will allow participants to, literally, throw ideas on the wall during a meeting to see what sticks, and to vote on, organize, and save the most promising proposals. ” …

Via IBM Labs: Hold Face-to-Face Meetings in Virtual Worlds

Sametime 3D is demonstrated …

Collaboration on Technology Energy Savings

Posted in academia-univ-michigan, collaboration, computer-equipment, devices, energy-efficiency, energy-savings, enterprise-architecture, green-computing, printing, procurement, purchasing, savings, server-consolidation on November 30th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

University of Michigan teams collaborate to identify opportunities to save energy across the computing architecture, from servers to personal devices. …

… “Teams of more than 90 U-M students, faculty and staff members are working to purchase more energy-efficient computers and other technological devices, reduce the number of server rooms on campus and get everyone to turn off computers and printers when they are not using them and print only necessary documents. ” …

Via Detroit Free Press: Green computing

Data Center Energy Efficiency Information Access

Posted in analytical-tools, assessments, benefits, collaboration, consolidation, energy-efficiency, government, green-it-strategy, high-availability, information-technology, it-project, it-strategy, pilots, practices, strategies, strategy on November 28th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Recommendations for collaboration between government and industry include improving information availability for energy efficiency in data centers. …

… “Improve access to information – Develop and consolidate information about technical and organizational best practices for energy efficiency in data centers; information should include analytical tools for technology, as well as financial and risk assessments; information should also include simple checklists, such as basic items to consider for new IT projects; use pilot projects and test centers to develop real data on costs and benefits. ” …

Via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Data Center Energy Efficiency Strategy Workshop: Energy Efficiency in Data Centers: Recommendations (PDF)