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The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment by John Lamb

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2 The Basics of Green IT

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”

—Confucius

There are many benefits but also many challenges in moving to green IT, including organizational issues (for example, the CIO doesn’t pay the electricity bill), government regulations and incentives, and effective solutions to avoid climate impact, such as product end of life and asset disposal. This chapter gives an overview of the different ways companies are moving to green IT. Included in the overview are proven best practices for green IT, such as data center consolidation, server consolidation, virtual servers, virtual storage, flexible test systems using virtual resources, and so on. As with any IT ...

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