I didn’t think much about virtualization having a “green” side until I recently read Rick Freedman’s blog post on “Investing in virtualization has Green IT payoffs” which ran in TechRepublic’s “Servers and Storage” newsletter. Here is an excerpt from the blog:
“In order to save money on facilities, power, cooling, and hardware, analysts say moving to a virtual data center is a fundamental step. By utilizing the untapped processing power of today’s high-power servers and storage devices, IT teams can deliver the same, or improved, performance with reduced operating expenses, a smaller data center footprint, and significantly curtailed greenhouse gas emissions.”
The article goes on to discuss the benefits and challenges of virtualization, how IT organizations can initiate a virtualization project, migrate to a virtual environment and ultimately reap the benefits and savings of a green IT project.
Check it out. It’s worth reading.