Green IT and the Dog Days
byon 08-16-2012 at 07:00 AM (1375 Views)
According to the 19th century page-turner Clavis Calendaria (ok, and Wikipedia), the Dog Days were when "the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies." The Ancient Romans used to sacrifice a brown dog to placate the anger of the star Sirius. As the brightest star in the constellation it was then associated with the hot weather of July and August.
Today's sacrifices have much more to do with electricity consumption than canine sacrifices, because the Dog Days today largely mean blackout season. The Northeast Blackout of 2003 took place nine years ago this week on August 14, for example.
There are any number of benefits to implementing virtual desktops, thin clients and cloud clients. And certainly security might rank higher than a reduction in TCO from one organization to the next. But given the season, it's worth pointing out that improving energy efficiency, minimizing environmental impact and addressing global warming have become top-of-mind business issues for corporate IT leaders.
Here are some other ways that solutions from Dell Wyse not only make your IT infrastructure greener, but can help you keep more green in your pocket.
• Dell Wyse cloud clients use just 7 - 15 watts of energy on average in full operation compared to a PC, which uses 80 watts or more. And fewer materials and less energy are used in the production of Dell Wyse thin clients, compared to a PC.
• Dell Wyse thin clients are small in size and weight, which reduces the cost and energy required for transportation.
• Less material per unit also means less to dispose of at the end of the product lifecycle.
• Up to 90 percent of each unit can be recycled, and up to 99 percent of the packaging can be recycled, as well.
• Low thermal output means less power needed for air-conditioning systems.
• Dell Wyse has implemented an ISO 14001-based environmental management system.
• Dell Wyse thin clients comply with stringent European Community WEEE recycling and RoHS disposal directives.
• Dell Wyse thin and zero clients have a longer average product lifecycle (5 to 7 years) than a PC.
• Dell Wyse cloud clients can be managed remotely; and maintenance and software updates can be delivered electronically, eliminating related travel expenses.
But don't take our word for it, customers such as Reed Group*, Standard Bank*, the Denver Regional Transportation District*, Enterprise Rent-a-Car*, and many others have been recognized for their incorporation of Green IT practices within their organizations. Practices that owe much to the energy savings inherent in their desktop devices.
*Links download a case study as a PDF