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Green IT Assessment: Manage what you Measure

In the face of emerging carbon and energy consumption legislation, the desire to run IT more efficiently and effectively, reduce operational costs and to develop a long term sustainability strategy, large organisations need to quantify the environmental impacts of their IT so that improvements can be measured and reported.

EDS’ Green IT Planning Assessment is a short process that enables an organisation to develop a comprehensive roadmap for sustainable IT, by establishing a baseline and prioritising improvement initiatives. These can range from initiatives directed at reducing IT’s energy consumption and levels of waste, through to increased use of IT to enable process efficiencies and changed behaviour within the organisation.

For example an assessment of a UK Government Agency’s ICT policies and operational processes, such as reduced paper consumption and PC/laptop refresh policies, identified five opportunities which if implemented would reduce their annual utility bills by £1.25m and save up to 16,000 metric tonnes of carbon.

Mark Rumsby will outline the steps to embarking on a Green IT journey and how we have helped some of our clients.
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Best practices for achieving an efficient data center
With today’s pressures on lowering our carbon footprint and cost constraints within organizations, IT departments are increasingly in the front line to formulate and enact an IT strategy that greatly improves energy efficiency and the overall performance of data centers.

This channel will cover the strategic issues on ‘going green’ as well as practical tips and techniques for busy IT professionals to manage their data centers. Channel discussion topics will include:
- Data center efficiency, monitoring and infrastructure management;
- Data center design, facilities management and convergence;
- Cooling technologies and thermal management
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