Wednesday, 6 October 2010
There has been a big push in our institution for greener IT. Not least because know we have targets set by government that are extremely challenging (48% reduction in carbon emissions on 2005 baseline).
We are are encouraging paperless meetings, instead using tablet devices such as the iPad. We also promote online collaboration and lately have moved into producing maps and other information included in apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices. I may be involved soon in testing the new Android app when I upgrade to android 2.2 (more in a later post). Hopefully this will reduce the need for this information to be printed as I saw some amazing figures recently:
In 2009/2010 year, our institution used 41,000,000 sheets of A4 paper.
That would mean an average of 2166 pages per member of staff.
Also incredible is the saving we have made through server virtualisation. We have gone from 130 servers to 4 large servers with virtualisation. This has had an effect of a 5 year energy saving of £436,569.
If you are currently running a number of servers I would seriously recommend taking a look at virtualisation. There are many great products out there such as VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server. In my last school I started rolling out some virtual servers and hopefully can provide some guides soon.