"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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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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Tales of PC Insomnia, Part 2

In my last post on this topic, I described a couple of scenarios in which your PC would not automatically sleep.  I’ve got good news to report on both. Streaming Web Video The first is our old friend Adobe Flash. I’ve been working with the Adobe  on this issue for some time now, and with…

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Reducing IT footprint, 15 PCs at a time

What’s better than a classroom full of PCs?  How about 1 PC per classroom?  As backwards as this may sound, it’s exactly the promise of the recently announced Windows MultiPoint Server 2010.  The simple goal of this solution is to reduce the cost of providing a rich Windows PC experience by allowing many users to…

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