GLRPPR Sector Resource: The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative: A white paper for decision makers on the urgency and benefits of embracing IT energy efficiency principles and practices
The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative: A white paper for decision makers on the urgency and benefits of embracing IT energy efficiency principles and practices
Tight budgets, rising energy costs, and limits on electric power availability are hindering the ability of information technology (IT) departments to meet the growing demand for IT services. To mitigate these
challenges, it is important for organizations to embrace IT energy efficiency principles and practices to remain productive and competitive in this increasingly digital age.
IT suppliers and vendors are responding to this challenge by producing more energy-efficient computer hardware, creating software that helps improve the energy efficiency of IT operations, and offering improved operational efficiency through public and private cloud computing platforms and services.
But many IT departments are failing to capitalize on these advances. Lacking the necessary incentives or capabilities to improve IT energy efficiency, they are continuing the decades-old practice of overbuilding
computer systems and thereby missing the opportunity to make their IT operations more sustainable and more responsive to organizational needs.
Despite the wide availability of server virtualization and centralized PC power management solutions, only 25% of IT departments have a plan for optimizing IT resource use, increasing energy efficiency, and
minimizing the waste generated by their IT operations. As a result, average server utilization remains at historically low levels, and in many organizations, desktop PCs waste as much as 75% of the electricity they
By embracing energy efficiency in areas such as system architecture, hardware provisioning, software design, and operations, organizations can reduce their IT budgets and respond more rapidly to demands for
additional services, thereby improving their overall productivity and competitiveness.
As a leading provider of software platforms and solutions, Microsoft is committed to helping customers improve the energy efficiency of their IT systems. We also recognize that manufacturing, operating, and
disposing of IT equipment has a significant and growing impact on the environment. Building on capabilities in our core platform offerings -- Windows Server, Windows Azure, and Microsoft System Center -- that
enable energy-efficient IT operations, this paper outlines key strategies, principles, and practices that organizations can adopt to make their IT infrastructure more energy efficient, cost effective, and responsive to
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