Friday, 1 April 2011

IBM says inefficient IT hardware wastes a third of all a business's electricity

For every £1 spent on electricity in an organisation, 32p is wasted, according
to IBM. The computer manufacturer is urging the UK government to scrutinise the
energy efficiency of IT equipment as a way to cut public spending dramatically.

An IBM white paper states: "40% of an average business's total energy bill is
eaten up by IT and information systems equipment. Changing the underlying
configuration and design of key devices could lead to substantial savings."

According to IBM, datacentres usually consume approximately 40% of IT energy.
However 60% of IT's energy footprint is taken up by what IBM calls the
distributed environment. This covers everything from fax machines and

photocopiers to mobile working equipment and voice communications.

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