With increased investment into datacenters around the world it is important to consider the environmental impact and factor in plans for reducing energy consumption and the carbon footprint of new installations. As a software company we have a big part to play by providing the tools and guidance with which to be as efficient as possible when it comes to doing IT. We’ve just launched a new website that talks about what Microsoft is doing to help things and also for providing useful information for other companies who run computers (I’m guessing that’s most) to make sure they are doing the most to reduce their carbon footprint.
You can check out the website here and there is also a good intro video where I learned some interesting facts:
- Half a billion unique customers access Microsoft’s datacenters every month
- New datacenters Microsoft are building today are 50% more effecient than ones built 3 years ago
- In the Ireland datacenter they use the external air to cool the datacenter
- We share our operational experience and best practices with customers, partners and competitors
There are also some best practice articles available as well as links to other related organisations to help you get started with going green:
Power and cooling costs are rising in data center operations. Learn best practices to improve energy efficiency.
Find out more about best practices for power management in Windows Vista applications.
Discover the potential energy savings available in Windows Vista deployment.
I also found a useful article on the power saving capabilities of Windows Server 2008 too and it looks like Dynamics AX can help you plan the impact of your business on the environment and figure out ways to be more efficient.