Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Going green

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.


Lee said...

What servers did you virtualise in your last school?

The amount of printing done is a constant niggle of mine. It's also someting I'm trying to educate staff on. However, it's nothing, not even a blip on the radar compared to the amount of paper that you're going through.. WOW..

I'd love to see all that paper stacked up in it's boxes though, that would be a good way to get across to staff just how much paper is being used

Andy said...

We had a lot of software that would only work with one OS (Server 2000 or 2003 for example) or one version of IE (like IE6), you know what schools are like for holding onto old software.

We rolled out Server 2008 and Windows 7 on everything last year so had to find a way to get things like bksb and metro electro working with no money for new equipment and no spares as they had already been re-cycled.

A lot of the (rubbish) software was incompatible with certain versions of SQL, IE or .NET so had its own virtual server.

Andy said...

I also setup a virtual server for cashless catering as it was decided well into the year to tell us one was needed but was also told the school IT budget was cancelled due to BSF.