Virtualization: A Boon for Green Computing

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With energy and power costs increasing as the size of IT infrastructures grow, holding expenses to a minimum is quickly becoming a top priority for many IT pros.

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Virtualization: A Boon for Green Computing

  1. 1. Virtualization: A Boon for Green ComputingWith energy and power costs increasing as the size of IT infrastructures grow, holding expenses to a minimum isquickly becoming a top priority for many IT pros. Organizations across the world are looking at different ways ofreducing their carbon footprints. Data centers are expanding and so is the increasing executive involvement incompulsions to reduce global warming. Green computing is an important business agenda that an organizationcannot ignore. It is very much related to other similar movements like reducing the use of environmentallyhazardous materials and supporting the use of recyclable materials minimizing use of non-biodegradablecomponents, and encouraging use of sustainable resources.Virtualization has helped in that respect by allowing organizations to consolidate their servers to fewer pieces ofhardware, which can result in sizable cost savings. The datacenter is where virtualization can have the greatestimpact, and that’s where many of the largest companies the virtualization space are investing their resources.Adopting virtualization does not require a large initial investment, as it can be installed directly onto existinghardware and operating systems.What is green computing?Green computing is the term used to denote efficient use of resources in computing. This term generally relatesto the use of computing resources in conjunction with minimizing environmental impact, maximizing economicviability and ensuring social duties. Greening your computer equipment is a low risk way for your businessto not only help the environment but also reduce costs. In the data center, it focuses on a set of processesand approaches designed to make the datacenter more efficient. This means reducing the power and coolingrequired. The daily power consumption of a typical datacenter is equivalent to the monthly power consumption ofthousands of homes.How does virtualization advocate green computing?One of the primary goals of almost all forms of virtualization is making the most efficient use of availablesystem resources. With eco reality being integrated into the IT business agenda today, virtualization is thegreen computing ace IT companies are betting on. Power saving, is the primary eco-friendly perk of desktopvirtualization. Most servers and desktops are used for 8 to 15 percent of the time when they are powered on, themachines consume nearly 60-90 percent of power when idle, and virtualization helps reduce energy consumptionby nearly 80-90 percent.Each server can be consolidated onto a larger virtualized system instead of having one computer for each serviceor set of services. This way, resources are utilized to the fullest, and there is a much smaller energy footprint.There are various advantages of this: ● There is a reduction in the amount of hardware used in the environment ● Virtual servers that are idle can be powered off ● The virtualized server will have diminished idle time and therefore less wastage ● There will be a reduction in the total volume of space, and rent, thereby allowing data centers to use 100 times the energy per square foot typical office space. ● There rebates offered by power companies for conversion to virtualized systems.Workspace Virtualization is indeed a boon for green computing, and by proper utilization it can help anorganization reduce hardware, maintenance and administrative costs.Click here for more on vmware view offline, citrix xen cost reduction

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