Sun invites CIOs to visit its green datacentres


Sun invites CIOs to visit its green datacentres

Cliff Saran

Sun Microsystems is inviting IT directors to visit its new datacentres in the US, UK and India, which have been designed to lower the company's power consumption.

Sun has estimated that the company's datacentre efforts will save the planet nearly 4,100 tons of CO2 per year and trim 1% from Sun's total carbon footprint.

Sun Microsystems CIO, Bob Worrall, who is responsible for reducing Sun's corporate datacenter energy usage by 20% in 2008, said "Most CIOs do not even see an energy bill, which makes little sense given that datacenters can consume a significant portion of a company's total energy draw."

Dave Douglas, vice-president of Eco Responsibility for Sun Microsystems, said, "We are opening the doors on our new global datacenters today to show what is possible in a relatively short time frame and because we believe strongly that sharing is the path to a greener world."

As part of the company's energy-efficiency drive, Sun announced a suite of programmes under its Eco Innovation Initiative, designed to help businesses design more energy efficient datacenters and save money.

Ian Brown, senior analyst at Ovum, said, "For most large enterprises, running power-efficient datacentres is not a core competency for infrastructure services providers it should be." He believed business users could benefit by outsourcing responsibility for their data centre's carbon footprint to an IT services providers, who would have the expertise to design and implement energy efficient IT.

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