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  • About CITI, 3BL
  • 2% vs 98%
  • VMWare: vSphere (servers) MS: (Server 2008) Hyper-V Citrix XenServer
  • VDI : per-user customization, greater application compatibility. VMWare View 4, MS VDI Std/Premium Suite   TS : requires less hardware than VDI, is slightly more scalable, and arguably less management
  • eFax, MyFax, RingCentral
  • How to share visuals – e.g. docs, plan, preso - Web Conf : * GoToMeeting (Citrix): $50/mo, 15 people * WebEx (Cisco): $50/mo, 25 people * ReadyTalk: $45/yr Techsoup , 15 people * Office Communications Server How to share files : * basic repository - Jungle Disk ,, Dropbox, Office Live * repository + apps: Google Docs * repository + workflow ( Enterprise Content Management ): SharePoint, Alfresco (open source), Knowledge Tree Avoid managing desktop enviro at all – comprehensive hosted software: * Hyperoffice: docs, email, calendar, contacts, Intranet, meetings. $700/yr for 10 ppl. * Zoho, Google Apps, MS BPOS , Ofc Web Apps … Coordinate teams/projects: * Basecamp, Sharepoint/SP Online, Pivotal Tracker (* Azure is MS cloud computing framework) Contacts/CRM: * Salesforce, SugarCRM, DIA, Convio/Common Ground Desktop replacement: * Aviary – online image editing Email hosting: * Gmail, hosted Exchange
  • VoIP : voice traffic on data networks. Use analog telephone adapter, softphone, or VoIP phone. Cheaper long distance, virtual phone numbers. Skype! IP Telephony : Taking voice data out of the PBX: Web/email integrated voicemail. PBX: Private Branch Exchange, traditionally serves 1 office. Virtual PBX = hosted PBX: low cost of entry & calling costs * Ring Central * Vocalocity-eliminates long dist charge * VoiceNation-best @ unifying sites into 1 * Virtual PBX.   Buy/build/host: * Buy Nortel, Avaya. Big orgs. * Build with Asterisk. Larger orgs with tech capacity. * Host with third party vendor. Apptix, Aptela, iCore, etc. Smaller orgs.

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  • Green IT Practices Presented by David Deal, CEO Community IT Innovators @CommunityIT, @ddealdc
  • Takeaways
    • To increase awareness of the environmental impact of desktops, servers, and other ICT equipment
    • To provide guidance and opportunities to adopt technology practices that will help reduce that impact and reduce costs
    • To discuss select solutions that will help nonprofits and social mission organizations reduce the environmental impact of their ICT AND use ICT to reduce their operational impact on the environment.
  • Poll
    • Organization Size?
    • Who knows what these are:
      • Desktop Power Management?
      • EPEAT?
      • vSphere?
    • Deliberate green efforts underway?
  • Agenda
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Green Practices
    • And…
  • Environmental Impact
    • 2% of global CO 2 emitted by ICT (Gartner)
    • 50-70% of the lifetime energy consumption of a computer is used before it is ever turned on
    • eWaste makes up 2% of solid waste in the U.S. and is the fastest growing segment
  • Environmental Impact
    • A PC and monitor take 530 lbs of fossil fuels, 58 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to produce (UN Resource Saver)
    • 50% of our 50-person company’s emissions are from business travel (commuting, clients, flights, etc.)
  • “ Green” HW Considerations
    • What you buy
    • How long you use it
    • How you dispose of it
  • Device Power Consumption
    • Desktop: 70-120W++
    • Laptop: 20-40W
    • Thin client: 8-12W
      • (For use with Terminal Server or Virtual Desktops)
    • Desktop/laptop in sleep mode: 2-10W
    • LCD 35-40W vs CRT 80-120W
  • Ordering Green KEY POINT: When you buy desktops or printers, check !
  • Typical Replacement Cycle
    • Laptops: 2-4 years
    • Desktops: 3-5 years
    • Thin clients: 4-6 years
    • Monitors: longer!
    • KEY POINT: Thin clients often have the longest useful life, although using hosted apps or repurposing can help extend the useful life of laptops and desktops.
  • Retiring Old Computers Responsibly
    • Seek to reuse instead of recycle
      • Find a refurbisher
      • Partner with a small local nonprofit to get it into the community
    • Recycling as a last option
  • Power Management
    • Smart power strips (for desktops)
    • Power strips with timers (for printers)
  • The First Place Techies Look... The Server Room!
  • Server Virtualization
    • Energy reduction up to 82% (Gartner)
    • Small & medium-sized NPO’s (<100 PCs) often virtualize 4-8 servers on 1 physical server
    • Software: VMware, MS Hyper-V, Citrix, etc.
  • … but workstations may be a greater opportunity!
      • 3x the energy consumption of the server room
      • Cut PC energy use up to 70%, save about $50 per desktop (NRDC)
      • Free options for standalone PCs:
        • Built-in settings in Windows, Macs
        • Verdiem Edison (downloadable)
      • Options for networked PCs:
        • Faronics PowerSave
        • Verdiem Surveyor
  • Virtualization
  • (Server-based) Desktop Virtualization
    • Desktop virtualization makes energy savings possible by allowing the use of terminals instead of desktops or laptops
    • Also, roaming access = travel reduction!
  • Hosted Software
    • a.k.a. Cloud Computing, SaaS
      • Salesforce, DIA, Google Apps, Constant Contact, MS BPOS (e.g. Hosted MS Exchange)
    • Theoretically greener due to:
      • Better use of server resources
      • Remote access reducing travel
    • But to realize this you need to:
      • Turn off old server(s)
      • Use it to reduce travel
    • Also, is their power source cleaner than yours?
  • Green Practices
    • Utilizing IT to green operations
    • Examples:
      • Reduce paper consumption
      • Smart buildings
      • Online faxing
      • Travel reduction
      • Working with distributed teams
  • Efficient Printing
    • Duplexing - make it the default!
    • (double-sided printing)
    • Consolidate printers
      • (reducing printer-to-staff ratio)
  • Travel Reduction
    • Reduce commuter and business travel
    • Travel contributes to 50% of CITI’s total emissions
          • (even with 75% of travel done via public transit, biking, and walking!)
    • Ingredients: Remote & mobile access to ICT resources - data, voice, video
    • Numerous studies confirming moderate to significant positive environmental impact
  • Working with Distributed Teams
    • Web conferencing:
      • GoToMeeting, WebEx, Ready Talk
    • File sharing
      •, Dropbox, BPOS/SharePoint, Jungle Disk,, Google Docs
    • Comprehensive hosted apps:
      • Hyperoffice, Zoho, Google Apps, (MS BPOS+Office Web Apps coming)
    • Extranets/project collaboration:
      • Basecamp, SharePoint
  • Travel Reduction: Voice
    • Voice over IP & IP Telephony
    • Virtual/hosted PBX
      • Lower startup costs, often lower calling costs
      • Cost-effective for smaller organizations
      • BUT: unless the vendor also provides the data connection (T1), they still don’t control call quality
      • May not be for you if you have a large number of users, high call volume, or if you need certain features (ACD)
  • Travel Reduction: Video
    • Peer-to-peer, small groups
      • Skype (+VuRoom for group video?)
      • Quality?
    • Hosted
      • WebEx (up to 6), etc.
    • On-premises
      • Polycom, LifeSize, Cisco, etc.
      • Requires appropriate Internet bandwidth
  • Questions
    • What is one easy IT-related step you want to take to green your organization?
    • What is a “stretch” green IT solution you would implement if your organization had the resources?
    • Any other ideas to share?
    • What was your most significant takeaway from today?
  • Conclusion
    • There’s a lot you can do to green your IT that does not require either behavioral change by staff or tremendous resources.
    • Two high-impact starting points may be desktop power management (easy) and travel reduction (maybe more challenging).