investment

Make the Energy Efficiency Business Case

Posted in business-case, energy-efficiency, information-technology, investment, portfolio-management on November 22nd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Information technology and business investments must compete for limited capital expenditure each year. Build a portfolio of high impact, low capital projects that can balance with the growth investments of your enterprise. And, start making the business case for investment in sustainability. …

… “When it comes to energy and resource efficiency, all companies are broken. The reality is that unless your company is in liquidation, you have a capital expenditures budget, even if it shrank this year. ” …

Via Business Mirror: Green your business

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

Apple Data Center Project in North Carolina

Posted in apple, construction, data-center, incentives, investment, state-north-carolina on August 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

North Carolina offers incentives and local officials approve of Apple’s data center investment, which will move ahead quickly now. …

… “With final site acquisition ahead, Apple should begin construction of the data center in mid-August, a company spokesman said. ” …

Via Hickory Daily Record: $1 billion Investment

Xcel Energy Data Center Efficiency Program Created to Reduce Energy Consumption

Posted in air-flow, airflow, data-center-efficiency-program, energy-efficiency, energy-savings, initiatives, investment, peak-efficiency, power-utilization, program, project, rebate, server-consolidation, server-utilization, xcel-energy on July 15th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Xcel Energy creates a call-to-action for Information Technology managers to make data center energy efficiency a priority, by offering cash rebates energy studies and efficiency improvements. The company will support investment in more efficient servers, virtualization software to drive utilization rates, air flow and cooling optimization, etc. …

Xcel Energy Data Center Efficiency rebates planned

… “Xcel Energy will fund a portion of the study and pay rebates as projects are completed. An approved third-party vendor will conduct an on-site energy evaluation and make recommendations on energy savings, help outline a business case for energy-efficiency investments and detail how to best run the data center at peak efficiency. ” …

Via Xcel Energy: Data Center Efficiency program

Green Data Center Vision

Posted in cooling-system, data-center, efficiency, evoswitch, forecast, free-cooling, green-data-center, investment, leadership, power-consumption, vision on December 2nd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

EvoSwitch leader discusses the green data center and the forecast for investment in energy efficient computing in the near term. …

… “Old data centers will face increasing difficulties owing to their energy consumption and dated specifications. In spite of the presently emerging recession, I expect plenty of opportunities for new data centers, provided they are built according to state-of-the-art concepts. ” …

Via Tophosts: Laurens Rosenthal

EvoSwitch Datacenters: “One of the reasons for the increased efficiency was the use of more advanced cooling technologies than were implemented in the first EvoSwitch building phase. In both cases Free Cooling was used. “

Green Technology Takes Alignment

Posted in alignment, cio-perspective, executive-perspectives, green-it-strategy, infrastructure, investment, it-project, it-strategy, mission, payback, roi, strategies, strategy on November 25th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

The payback period for green IT investments can be fairly short, but projects may not be funded unless the CIO creates strong alignment for green strategies with the executive leadership. …

… “But taking advantage of the lush, green hue of new strategies comes down to a company level, and often depends on how well a CIO, CFO, and CEO can align their missions, Sams believes. ” …

Via Baseline: Green IT Infrastructure

Green Power Recognition

Posted in alternative-energy, award, certificates, climate-change, electricity-usage, epa, green-power, impact, intel, investment, leadership, partnership, power-purchase, procurement, program, purchasing, renewable-energy on October 29th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

EPA recognizes Intel
Intel garners a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award from the EPA for its internal investments in sustainability and the impact from its procurement of green power. …

… “The EPA recognized the company’s voluntary efforts to address climate change through green power purchases and its impact in advancing the renewable energy market. … Intel signed a multi-year commitment to purchase more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy certificates (REC) per year – enough power to meet approximately 47 percent of its purchased electricity use … ” …

Via Intel: EPA Green Power Partner of the Year

US EPA: “EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. “

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Quebec Green Data Center LEEDs

Posted in air-conditioning, climate-change, cold-climate, country-canada, facility-design, free-cooling, green-data-center, heat-load, internet-data-center, investment, leed-certification, power-consumption, server-efficiency, standards, telus on October 11th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

TELUS will invest $33 million to build an Uptime Institute Tier III certified Internet data centre in Laval, Quebec, near Montreal. The facility will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. …

Canada green data center planned to meet LEED

… “TELUS’ newest Internet data centre will be a 44,500 square foot facility with the potential for additional expansion as client demands grow. It will be connected to six mega-volt-amps of power, equivalent to the needs of more than 5,000 homes. To counter the heat generated by the computer servers, its high density power design and efficient heat exchange system will turn Quebec’s cold climate into free cooling during two thirds of the year. Large, highly efficient air conditioning units will be used when free cooling is unavailable. TELUS’ greenest data centre is a LEED designed facility, which will be independently reviewed by the Canada Green Building Council‘s rigorous rating system. ” …

Via TELUS: Quebec greenest Internet data centre

Green Data Center Benefits Realization

Posted in benefits, building, cost-benefits, drives, energy-savings, enterprise, floor-space, future, green-data-center, green-it-strategy, ibm, investment, it-strategy, maintenance, operations, productivity, savings, strategies, strategy, virtualization on September 12th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green data centers investments can have both tangible financial returns, intangible productivity benefits, and enable future cost avoidance. …

… “As IBM found when building its own green data center, each dollar of energy savings drives $6 to $8 dollars in operations savings, Peter McCafferty, director of enterprise systems at IBM stresses. Benefits accrue in terms of increased productivity, decreased floor space requirements, decreased maintenance costs and other examples. ” …

Via Virtual Strategy: Is Green Worth it?

Greening Government IT Strategy Sets Technology Agenda

Posted in actions, asset-management, asset-utilization, best-practice, carbon-footprint, carbon-neutral, data-centre, drives, federal-it, footprint, government, green-data-center, green-it-strategy, impact, investment, it-strategy, management, practices, strategies, strategy, supplier-collaboration, utilization on July 31st, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

UK government sets green IT strategy into motion. Objectives for greening information technology include understanding the carbon impact of new investments with a target of carbon neutral and taking a lifecycle view of new IT assets. The government will pursue power management for active devices and use virtualization to drive capacity utilization rates much higher. …

UK Cabinet Office implements green Information Technology strategy

… “The Greening Government ICT strategy sets out the first steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint. We are the first government in the world to look at our ICT in this way and we want to see changes taking place immediately. We want to see best green practice throughout government – computers switched off overnight, printers defaulting to duplex, data centres efficiently cooled. The good news is that we are not alone in aiming for these goals. There is already a great deal of activity in departments and within industry and we will be working with our suppliers to ensure that action is taken immediately. ” …

Via UK Cabinet Office: Greening Government ICT (PDF)