"How Green is the Internet?" is the wrong question…

Over the summer, I was honored to be invited to write a couple of articles to the Microsoft’s OnGov blog.  The first in June was an overview of ways in which governments can use IT to save money while reducing environmental impact.  Regardless of where policy makers are on the political spectrum, reducing energy use through IT seems like…

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The Power of Incentives on Data Center Efficiency

I recently had the honor of having a blog post published on Corporate EcoForum’s EcoInnovator blog that focused on the role of incentives and data center efficiency.  Take a look: http://corporateecoforum.com/ecoinnovator/?p=7035 As incredible as it sounds, and as I wrote in The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative, a typical data center uses less than 5% of…

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Windows Azure Autoscaling–available now!

In my white paper on IT energy efficiency, I wrote about the need for software developers to design their applications to dynamically scale, so we aren’t simply trading idle servers for idle VMs when applications move to public or private clouds.   Unlike physical server infrastructure which is often statically assigned to specific applications for years,…

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The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative

Once again, I’ve had a long hiatus from blogging.  But I’ve got an excuse (this time!).  I’ve been heads down on finalizing a new white paper on IT energy efficiency.   I also just returned from Corporate EcoForum’s annual meeting where a number of the attendees confirmed the key assertion in the paper – that in most…

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IE9 Energy efficiency

The IE team recently published the results from a set of tests comparing the energy efficiency of the latest competing browsers.  Spoiler-alert – IE9 was the most efficient. 🙂 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/03/28/browser-power-consumption-leading-the-industry-with-internet-explorer-9.aspx    

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Big time savings with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

The System Center  team blog featured a guest post by one of their MVPs yesterday on his experiences with the centralized power management features in SCCM 07 R3. While not the only feature in the release, the centralized power management functionality certainly seems to be getting the most amount of airtime.  Which is not really…

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Study: New ENERGY STAR rated server consumes 54% less energy than older server

Microsoft has been working with the  US EPA and HP for the last 6 months or so on a study to compare a new ENERGY STAR-qualified server (2009 model) with a similar, older non-energy star rated servers (2006 model)  The results show quite convincingly that replacing an older server with a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model…

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The Efficiency Imperative

On Monday, I was proud to speak on behalf of Microsoft at Intel Developer Forum 2010 on the critical need for developers to do their part to help improve IT efficiency.  IT efficiency is a component of Greener IT, which is the term Microsoft is using for recognizing that Green IT is a journey rather…

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Windows 7 Power Use Study

In the category of “I wrote this a long time ago but forgot to post it”, Mindteck updated their 2009 white paper which explores power use of various PC platforms using Windows 7. In the new paper, they tested both sleep, idle, low use and high use scenarios and built a model to estimate cost…

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Getting started with Windows Power Management

My team just published three new “getting started” white papers on microsoft.com today.  The first paper is an overview of the importance of ensuring that your application, service or driver is “energy smart”.  The other two cover some high level best practices for being compatible with system sleep and display power management, and writing efficient…

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