Smarter, Greener Learning: Sustainable IT

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Presentation by John Pollitt (Head of IT Services, City College Norwich) for JISC RSC London's Smarter Greener Learning event held at City Hall, London, 26/02/09

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Smarter, Greener Learning: Sustainable IT

  1. 1. Sustainable IT <ul><li>John Pollitt – Head of IT Services, City College Norwich. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.ccn.ac.uk </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is Green Computing? <ul><li>Green computing is the use of computers and related resources in an environmentally responsible manner. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not just for tree huggers </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtntQJr1TjQ </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why bother? <ul><li>Reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Cost savings </li></ul><ul><li>Social responsibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global (resources, carbon) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local environment (heat, footprint, H&S) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BREEAM excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. New Vs Old <ul><li>New build – an opportunity for change </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy kit – counting the cost </li></ul><ul><li>Existing build & infrastructure </li></ul>
  5. 5. Before green was popular <ul><li>Print consumables </li></ul><ul><li>LCD monitors </li></ul><ul><li>No inkjets </li></ul><ul><li>Refurbished PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Re-cycled equipment (PCs & CDs) </li></ul><ul><li>Auto shutdown student PCs </li></ul>
  6. 6. What came next? <ul><li>Classroom & Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PCs – tower, small form or laptop? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repro – wastebin, duplex, mono, print quotas, MFDs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AV – auto shutdown projectors, plasma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-forms – e-registers, progressions other docs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability as part of the procurement policy. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The price of progress
  8. 8. The price of progress
  9. 9. What now? <ul><li>Data Centre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage Consolidation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server Consolidation (Virtualisation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thin client & flexible computing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third party device support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio Visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto shutdown staff PCs </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Gotchas <ul><li>I need a huge LCD, 2 would be better… </li></ul><ul><li>Virtualisation creep </li></ul><ul><li>AV growth </li></ul><ul><li>Power management issues & limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>MFD consolidation </li></ul><ul><li>Packaging </li></ul>
  11. 11. Help is at hand http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/computers.html
  12. 12. Planning your Data Centre <ul><li>Planning for Energy Requirements with Dell Servers, Storage, and Networking </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dell.com/calc </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to the Dell Data Center Capacity Planner </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency is not related just to power (kWh) requirement, or cooling requirements, or performance (MIPs) - it pertains to all of these variables. And it's not just a data center issue - it is critical for organizations of all sizes and scopes. To get started improving your energy efficiency, use the Dell Data Center Capacity Planner to understand how your choices impact your energy use. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Planning your Data Centre http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.10.green.aspx
  14. 14. Energy Star ratings http://www.energystar.gov
  15. 15. Energy Star ratings <ul><li>Energy Star 5 currently in draft </li></ul>
  16. 16. Other ratings http://www.epeat.net/
  17. 17. Measuring use <ul><li>Mains voltage testers & cost calculators </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.maplin.co.uk/search.aspx?MenuNo=83964&MenuName=Power+and+Energy+Monitors&FromMenu=y&doy=25m2 </li></ul><ul><li>£20 - 25 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Measuring use http://www.susteit.org.uk/files/index.php
  19. 19. Funding sustainable IT http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/carbon/PublicSector/la/salix.htm

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