strategies

LEED Gold Data Center Facility for Allstate Insurance

Posted in allstate-insurance, capacity, certification, facility-design, green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, leed-certification, leed-gold, power-efficiency, reduce-power-consumption, strategies on March 24th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Allstate Insurance achieves LEED Gold for its new data center in Rochelle, Illinois. The datacenter deploys efficient hardware, virtualization techniques, effective cooling systems, white roofing, natural lighting, and a native landscape design to achieve its sustainable facility design. …
LEED Gold datacenter design

… “The Allstate facility, which opened in 2009, is one of the few mission-critical data centers in America to receive the Gold designation from USGBC. It’s a key component of a larger strategy to reduce the number of Allstate data centers to two by the end of 2010 and to increase power efficiency and computing capacity. ” …

Via Allstate Insurance Company: LEED Building Certification

Green IT Strategy Gaining Priority

Posted in carbon-footprint, comptia, e-waste, energy-consumption, green-behaviors, green-it-strategy, information-technology, power-management, strategies, survey on October 20th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

CompTIA takes pulse of the information technology organization to understand the priority of green IT strategies and sees rising momentum for sustainability in IT. …

… “According to the study, 60 percent of organizations have in place either a partial or comprehensive green IT strategy covering issues such as energy consumption, equipment usage, recycling, carbon footprint and green behaviors. Three in four organizations conduct ad hoc or annual audits to ensure proper e-waste recycling and disposal practices, and nearly as many (72%) conduct audits to assess their energy consumption/power management. Seventy-seven percent of organizations expect to have a comprehensive green IT strategy within the next five years, the study found. ” …

Via CompTIA: Survey Shows Green IT Commitment

Comprehensive Green Data Center Strategy

Posted in approach, green-data-center, green-it-solutions, green-it-strategy, strategies, strategy on September 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Want to tackle your growing storage challenge with green results? There’s a soft side to technology that needs some attention. Think about changing user behaviors and deploying simple housekeeping heuristics with respect to data management in conjunction with your storage technology solutions, such as virtualization. …

… “No one data center improvement will yield a green data center, a comprehensive approach is required. ” …

Via Reuters: Tips For Green Data Centers

Manage Data Center Growth with Modules

Posted in capacity, green-data-center, modular, server-utilization, strategies, strategy on May 29th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

A strategy for the green data center includes a modular approach to capacity growth, rather than over-sized and underutilized. …

… “Modular design is about using smaller increments of standardized components to match business requirements to IT requirements and add server room capacity as needed. ” …

Via Environmental Leader: Green Data Center Strategy

Green IT and Business Intelligence Synergy

Posted in business-intelligence, carbon-footprint, green-it-initiatives, improvement, information-technology, metrics, strategies, supply-chain, sustainability, teams, technology-managers on May 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

The Green IT initiative cuts across the technology disciplines, involving members of the business intelligence team. Measures, analytics, and dashboards have a role in visualizing IT’s carbon footprint and the impact that sustainability improvements deliver. …

… “The green BI team should be able to not only identify the green metrics to be generated but also emphasize injecting the green element into every data point in the whole supply chain. ” …

Via Insurance Networking: Business Intelligence Strategy

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

IBM Sun Combo Green IT Perspective

Posted in green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, ibm, strategies, strategy, sun, sun-microsystems, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on March 26th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

An IBM and Sun combination would bring two strong sustainability strategies under one roof. …

… “IBM and Sun both have jumped into the green IT arena over the last few years, albeit from different angles. ” …

Via Business Week: IBM Takeover of Sun

Sustainability Organization Researches Green IT and Drives Carbon Footprint Reductions

Posted in accelerate, achievement, carbon-footprint, controls, emissions, energy-consumption, software, strategies, strategy, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on March 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

SAP creates a Chief Sustainability Officer role and a sustainability organization that will provide oversight of the company’s ambitious goal to reduce its carbon footprint and enable customers to better manage their sustainable development. The CSO role will own development of sustainable business solutions for customers and will conduct research and development into green IT solutions that decrease the use of computing resources. …

… “In spite of the fact that SAP’s carbon footprint is usually smaller than that of organizations in other industries with similar revenue, the company is striving for significant reductions. After analyzing its global environmental footprint, SAP announced its commitment to a 51-percent reduction of its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its year-2007 published baseline levels of 513,000t CO2 by year 2020. This will return SAP to its approximate year-2000 emissions level of 250,000t CO2. SAP initiated its first global GHG inventory in 2008 and will report performance and progress towards the target in its annual sustainability report. Using its own software solutions to monitor and manage its sustainability targets, SAP will achieve this reduction through significant abatement across all scopes of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used international carbon accounting tool. The target will apply not only to SAP’s own direct emissions, but also to indirect emissions such as business travel, which was 42 percent of SAP’s total footprint in 2007. The company’s reduction plans are based on aggressive abatement targets across direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3 as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used international carbon accounting tool), allowing offsets to be applied only to major indirect emissions sources that are out of the company’s direct control. SAP will focus on abatement over offsets and will pioneer and use new technologies that accelerate the abatement of carbon. It therefore does not plan to offset direct emissions or emissions related to energy consumption. ” …

Via SAP: Sustainable Business

Strategy ReThink

Posted in benefits, electricity-usage, energy-efficiency, green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, it-strategy, management, practices, strategies, strategy, virtual-data-center, virtual-storage, virtualization on January 25th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Server virtualization delivers green benefits
Sustainable growth and efficiency combine to make virtualization a strategic choice for more enterprises. …

… “virtualization provides a business with an opportunity to do far more than simply cut its electricity bill; it also provides an opportunity to completely rethink the existing IT strategy and reorganize practices and management responsibilities … ” …

Via CIO: Green Benefits

ADC McClellan Data Center Efficiency

Posted in adc, air-economizers, aisle-configuration, chiller, design, energy-efficiency, green-it-strategy, load, strategies on January 20th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green data center design by ADC
ADC is building the green McClellan Park data center for the United States Air Force. …

… “By utilizing energy efficiency strategies such as Air Side Economizers, Hot/Cold Isle and Highly Efficient Chiller and Fan systems, ADC uses 25% less overall energy to operate the same Critical Load … ” …

Via Advanced Data Centers: McClellan/Sacramento Data Center

Data Center Virtualization

Posted in consolidation, data-center-consolidation, decrease-energy, disaster-recovery, green-data-center, green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, high-availability, implementation, initiatives, it-services, pilots, server-virtualization, services, space, strategies on December 18th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sungard will support their clients green IT initiatives in the data center
Sungard positions IT services to enable the implementation of server virtualization in the green data center. …

… “Today, many organizations are investigating virtualization with an eye towards advancing data center consolidation strategies to decrease IT costs. These initiatives can also reduce power and cooling outlays, and cut data center space requirements, supporting green IT initiatives.

Companies should implement initial systems in a test and development – not production – environment and then scale systems from there. Another priority needs to be testing fail-over to a secondary site to ensure disaster recovery is working flawlessly to safeguard information availability. ” …

Via SunGard Availability Services: Data Center

Chicago Green IT Strategy

Posted in actions, cio-perspective, city-chicago, configuration, configuration-management, datacenter, energy-capacity, government, green-it-strategy, it-strategy, power-consumption, savings, strategies, strategy on December 5th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Chicago IT team uses simple actions in its data center to save energy and increase computing capacity. …

… “Last year, we were in a situation in which our data center was almost out of power. Instead of adding power, we looked at our existing data center configuration. ” …

Via Government Technology: Chicago CIO Hardik Bhatt