What is Green IT?
No one sets out to harm the environment. At least not deliberately. Certainly not the small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) owner whose initial goal is simply to build a profitable business. If they do think about the environment while building that business, it is often either in their product line (i.e. they sell solar panels) or as a marketing device to bring environmentally-conscious consumers to see them instead of a competitor that isn’t making a “green” claim.
The Utility Company was created with the goal of eliminating SMB waste. This waste comes from the understanding that the average SMB spends $360 per month, per employee on technology that is only 15% utilized. From a "green" perspective, this means there is a lot that can be done to lessen SMB's corporate 'carbon footprint' on the environment.
How can we do this?
With a variety of solutions including:
Software-as-a-Service – where a software application is delivered via the internet rather then locally from your network or desktop.
Remote monitoring and management – where your technology (network, desktop, security) is proactively monitored 24x7.
Online data back-up – where your critical corporate data is backed up and stored daily in a highly secure data center.
Virtualization – where infrastructure like servers and even desktops can be delivered via the internet with limited to no on-premise equipment.
Per minute remote helpdesk – where an end-user can contact a helpdesk and have over 90% of problems resolved remotely.
There is a lot of hype about green practices for business, and a lot of realities are often overlooked or overshadowed. To help acquaint yourself on what you and your business can reasonably do, what the costs (or savings) to going green are, etc. we present some links for interesting reading:
From The Utility Company on Green IT practices:
Tool sites - to self-evaluate your use of technology:
Technology Providers Pointers:
Green IT Articles:
> Take The Utility Meter Reading to see how well your company utilizes its existing technology