IT Genome tools help California reduce carbon emissions

While organisations know they need to reduce their overall energy usage, for some, the problem is simply in knowing what’s consuming the power in the first place. That’s true for all sorts of organisations, from SMEs through to some of the largest users imaginable.

One of these is the State of California, which has an Executive Order, S-20-04, signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger enshrining the state’s priority for energy and resource-efficient, high-performance buildings.

If it was to meet the order’s requirements, the state had to have a clearer picture of what was consuming energy within its IT infrastructure, which stretched to the small matter of around 225,000 PCs, 9500 servers and more than 100 email systems. There was no repository of asset information and what asset information was available was based on unreliable and incomplete surveys and manual inventories.

To help it gain a clearer picture, California used two tools,Technopedia and Discover, from an asset discovery and management specialist, BDNA, to map a complete picture of  California’s usage of hardware and software across a string of agencies supporting more than 180,000 state employees. BDNA’s approach, called the IT Genome Strategy, builds on the idea of the Human Genome Project except that instead of mapping human genes, it is tracking use of IT to enable organisations ‘to know what they are made of.’ The company has just launched its IT Genome Strategy in the UK.

By analysing the data provided by BDNA, California expects to save over $40m and reduce carbon emissions by 200,000 tonnes a year.

At the same time, California believes it will be able to save costs in other ways, notably through:

* standardisation of hardware, software and operating systems

* centralisation of inventory control and asset management policies and procedures

* a greater understanding of current software licensing compliance

* enhanced security by identifying non-compliant systems and associated risks


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