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Organisations buying green IT fail to measure power consumption

Antony Savvas

Although most organisations now want green IT equipment, very few actually measure IT-related energy spend.

A survey of 60 private and public sector organisations, undertaken by network equipment firm Extreme Networks and parter Data Integration, found that 64% cited green IT as a requirement when purchasing new IT equipment.

But the survey also found that only 20% of respondents actively measure IT-related energy spend.

"It is important that businesses measure IT-related energy spend to measure carbon footprint reductions, instead of doing green IT for the sake of it," said Extreme.

The survey found that 49% of organisations cited reduced operational costs as the main driver for greening IT operations. In addition, 78% said they recycle their IT equipment.

"The green issue is important in today's society, especially for organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint," said Paul Phillips, Extreme Networks regional director for the UK and Ireland. "The fact that 78% of organisations recycle their IT equipment suggests that there is a high level of awareness of the WEEE regulations that were introduced at the beginning of 2007.

"However, it is essential that businesses measure the amount of electricity required for powering and cooling their IT systems. Currently only a fifth of businesses do this, and it is as important to measure the success of green IT initiatives, rather than going green just for the sake of it."

Extreme Networks recommends organisations that are looking to reduce their network's power consumption to:

- Procure Ethernet switching products that consume less power

- Design networks to use less power

- Intelligently optimise power to edge ports and connected devices

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