Last updated on 5. June 2019What actually is Green IT? The term describes all those measures, which support resource saving use of energy and materials in corporate IT. Green IT cannot simply be converted, it has to be planned in a target oriented way right at the development stage. The careful use of energy starts with the development and implementation of IT solutions within organisations and continues throughout the entire application area.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Green IT
The advantages of Green IT outweigh in particular with regards to the reduction of operating costs in contrast to efficiency gains, there are significant differences to previous energy management. A reduction of internal servers or conversion of captured heat of used devices are measures, which contribute long-term to the conscious use of available resources. In its entirety Green IT sustainably contributes to the reduction of energy consumption and achieves an in-house contribution to environmental and climate protection. This decision also has a positive impact on the company’s image. Those who are environmentally friendly, achieve more success with customers, which in turn results in an increase in turnover.
Even though the advantages outweigh, the disadvantages should also be evaluated. A conversion to Green IT requires long and concrete planning. Aquisition costs should also not be underestimated as Green IT is always accompanied with energy efficient devices, ie with the exchange of old devices, hardware and cooling systems. In the long run the advantages clearly emerge, while the disadvantages refer exclusively to the period prior to acquisition. The acquisition of in-house solutions is often related to high expenditure. Those who search for an alternative solution will discover new options in the course of this article and be able to convert their organisation to Green IT – simply, securely and flexibly.
Effective Tips for sustainable Use of Energy in Companies
Saving energy does not have to primarily mean an entire conversion of used resources. Even heeding the following tips will already have a positive impact on energy consumption and hence the environment. Those who opt for video conferences as a modern alternative to business trips, noticeably reduce operating costs and take up a modern technology. Also optimisation of energy consumption on computers and the use of network printers are possibilities, which any company can easily generate. Those who replace the traditional computer against a notebook save a lot of energy during operation and benefit from a sophisticated range of services. The use of thin clients and cloud computing solutions also makes the operation of in-house servers redundant and ‘streamlines‘ the IT department without reducing capacity.
In the long run a conversion to Green IT using innovative technologies is certainly advisable. A small contribution and a correct start into a new age can be achieved by all companies, even if they cannot currently imagine a long planning stage and high acquisition costs. Budgeting of IT costs is a fundamental factor regarding sustainable use of resources. An audit of currently used capacities and potential savings is possible in all companies without having to decide on an explicit solution in Green IT. Dispensing with the stand-by modus alone when on business trips in other cities or countries is a measure to reduce energy and resource consumption long-term. Small and medium sized businesses do not require in-house servers for all tasks, but are much better advised to utilise the cloud. Here alternatives of externally booked full service management present themselves.
Thin Clients and Cloud Solutions for Future Security
As never before, today’s competitiveness of a company is based on innovation – this means that organisations have to evaluate in particular future oriented IT trends regularly and take advantage of them for their own competitive advantage. Here thin clients are a potential component and describe a type of “slimmed down“ computer, which relies on the computing power of a server and – in comparison to the conventionally known PC – cannot execute tasks entirely self-sufficiently. The thin client is also known as a cloud client. In combination with cloud solutions, thin clients provide a good option to optimise the in-house IT environment in its consumption of resources. Thin clients not only use less energy than a traditional personal computer, but also reduce administrative effort as all sofware required for use is running on the server. In combination with remote desktop solutions such as oneclick a thin client only has to provide a browser so that all software and data can be accessed. This also enables the use of on-premise solutions on a thin client, which increases the lifespan of legacy systems and possibly reduces existing advantages compared with fat clients. In particular small and medium sized companies benefit from this concept and can long-term reduce their own IT costs. There is hardly a better entry into Green IT for price conscious businesses.
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