Green Is In Vogue

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The color for this season is green. 'Go Green and Get Green' is the latest

mantra for partners. Translated for the layperson, it means get your clients to

adopt Green IT and in return you reap green bucks. This issue's cover story will

give you a better insight on the initiatives that vendors are undertaking to

take Green IT forward on an enterprise level. There is no doubt that rising

energy expenses are eating into the infrastructure costs of most enterprises.

Energy costs for most global companies have increased by 57 percent in the past

one year, making it a significant part of the operation expenditure.


According to an IBM white paper, it is widely assumed that a typical computer

uses about 0.65 kilowatts per hour (kWh) in use, or 0.35kWh (stand-by) and

.03kWh in hibernate mode. Assuming that the computer spends 220 working days

with 12 hours in operational mode (171kW) and 12 hours in standby mode (92kW),

and spends two hours in hibernate mode for the remaining one days (10kW), it

will consume 21kW of electricity. Now work out the cost of this single

computer's energy consumption and multiply it by the number of PCs that your

client might have in his network.

While proposing Green IT to your clients, maybe you should also take a moment

to see if your own organization is following its principles. It might mean that

you would have to change the way your people think about power consumption, but

in the long run it will only translate into better savings for you and a better

world for all.


This year we faced one of the most bitter winters in India, with Delhi almost

touching freezing point and Mumbai and other parts of the country experiencing

unprecedented climatic drops. This is an ominous sign that all those talks about

global warming and the greenhouse effect has moved out of the conference rooms

and has become a part of our daily lives.

Here are some ways that you can contribute to the Going Green brigade's

efforts for a better world. Try walking to work or carpooling when you travel.

In the former, you gain health and in the latter you save on petrol costs. Buy

local products, than the fancy imported stuff. Importing of perishable foodstuff

means using planes for transportation, which in turn burns up a lot of fuel.

Replace incandescent bulbs with longer-lasting, low-energy compact fluorescent


Filter the water from your tap for drinking rather than using bottled water.

Not only is bottled water expensive, but it produces large amounts of container

waste. Keep your electronics as long as possible and dispose them responsibly

when the time comes. Cut down on the amount of paper being used in your office

and home by reusing and recycling them. Not only will you save on the stationery

costs, but for every ton of paper that is recycled you can contribute towards

saving 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and enough electricity to

power an average house for six months.


These are some small steps you could consider and imbibe in your daily life

to make a difference to the world that we will leave behind for our kids.

vinita bhatia