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Green strategies not a priority for European IT departments, says Symantec

Antony Savvas

Improving sustainability and meeting "green" policies set out at a corporate level is not a high priority for European IT departments in Europe.

The lack of support for green issues in IT departments is revealed in a survey of 800 datacentre managers released by Symantec.

Symantec's 'Green Datacentre' report shows that datacentre managers are being driven to adopt green policies to meet operational as opposed to altruistic goals.

This includes reducing costs via greater energy efficiency, the better use of limited space whilst managing ever increasing amounts of data, and improving cooling at a lower cost.

But the survey shows that although the majority of organisations have a green policy in place (56%) and that most datacentre managers are familiar with the concept of green datacentres (60%), only one in seven have successfully implemented a green datacentre.

"Climate change and sustainability was arguably one of the greatest public issues of 2007, yet our survey shows a disconnection between corporate plans to roll out green policies and what is actually happening within the IT department," said Amanda Jobbins, vice-president at Symantec.

"Considering that IT accounts for a significant percentage of energy usage within an organisation, and IT waste is considered to contribute at least a third of overall electronic waste in the UK, the IT department should be one of the first places that green polices are put into practice within an organisation," said Jobbins.





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