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The world's data centers collectively are said to be producing more carbon emissions than consumers within many countries (Italy, The Netherlands and Argentina are some of the more headline-grabbing examples that have been cited of late). "The whole industry must be more efficient" is an all too common battle cry, in reaction to that. But does that really wash - or is it just more greenwash? As the need for computing technology grows, we are seeing more and more organizations considering building in house data centres, which will lead to a huge overall increase in carbon emissions. It's madness, really, when the data they are storing and processing could be residing on someone else's servers, under an outsourcing agreement. This is all about economies of scale. After all, a business that has only a single rack, or very few racks, in its data centre still has to pow... (more)

The Smart Money is on Smart Grids

Smart Grids on Ulitzer In Asia, the utilities industry is growing at an incredible rate. Investments globally in the sector have lead to more available jobs, predicting the return to pre-recession levels of employment by Q1 2010. However, with such substantial growth comes opportunities which have to be managed correctly to sustain long-term development. With the world’s investors looking at Asia to see how such a developing region can deal with governmental pressures on Green Technology, a meeting of the leading names in Asian and Pacific Utilities firms have agreed to meet at the illustrious NGU APAC summit. The Copenhagen Climate Change meeting will dramatically change the utility landscape. Carbon Reduction will mandate energy-efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses across Asia. To relieve Government pressures Companies are looking into smart grid solutions a... (more)

Is Hawaii a Candidate for International ICT Assistance?

Try a search engine query on “Hawaii CIO,” or “Hawaii Chief Information Officer.” You might get a couple corporate links pop up, or possibly the University of Hawaii’s CIO link, but the only state agency within the first two pages of links is for the Information and Communications Services Division of the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS). The first impression, once hitting the Hawaii Information and Communications Services Division (ICSD) landing page on the State of Hawaii’s website, is the microwave tower graphic. The Information and Communication Services Division (ICSD) of the Department of Accounting and General Services is the lead agency for information technology in the Executive Branch. It is responsible for comprehensively managing the information processing and telecommunication systems in order to provide services to all agencies of ... (more)

Is Cloud Computing a Green Giant?

Cloud computing already has trimmed some businesses' IT costs. But a report found that it also could be the next big thing to help reduce their energy use, according to greenbiz.com The fourth annual Energy Efficient IT Report - by technology products and services seller CDW - calls cloud computing a possible "game changer" that's playing a growing role in energy efficiency. For the report, CDW surveyed 760 people working in private businesses, nonprofits, schools and governments. Of these respondents, 62 percent agreed that cloud computing is an energy-efficient way to consolidate data centers. Learning to Live in the Clouds A big key to cloud computing adoption is that it has achieved an ease of use so that just about anyone with an email address and credit card can start to see what the fuss is about, according to TheAge.com. Free, but limited accounts and simple... (more)

An Inconvenient Truth: Free Up Market Forces to Tackle Climate Change

It was former Presidential Candidate and founder of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Ross Perot who famously said “The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.” A quote which may strike resonance with the world’s politicians as they continue to wrestle with the major challenge of setting a global green agenda whilst battling tough economic conditions. President Obama’s second term inaugural speech certainly won plaudits for his determination to tackle climate change, his powerful statements deliberately pitched to be emotive on a global stage, whilst reassuring an American nation still reeling from the effects of hurricane Sandy. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” And “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgm... (more)

Homerider Systems/Veolia Deploys New Environmental Data Collection System Based on Semtech’s LoRa™ Platform

Homerider Systems, a Vienne, France-based subsidiary of Veolia and specialist in radio network environmental data collection systems, announced a next-generation system based on the Semtech SX1272 transceiver with LoRa™ long-range RF technology. Homerider Systems is a worldwide water cycle and services leader offering water utilities a complete solution to improve efficiency with a broad range of capabilities and sensors for leak detection, water quality analysis and pressure monitoring. With networks covering many large cities and more than four million end points deployed, Veolia is able to easily update these networks with additional ‘Smart City’ applications. The LoRa™ technology with its long-range capability is integrated into the Call Rider+ concentrator and Warm G2 water meters and significantly reduces the deployment cost for Homerider by eliminating repeat... (more)

Green LEED Specialists Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary!

Restoration Environmental Contractors - REC Demolition - REC Disaster Recovery LEED specialists are proud to announce their 20th Green Anniversary. LEED green specialty contractors; Restoration Environmental Contractors - REC Demolition - REC Disaster Recovery are proud to announce their 20th green Anniversary! REC are proud to be Green LEED Qualified specialty contractors, for demolition and environmental remediation. "Restoration Environmental Contractors REC Demolition are announcing our 20th Anniversary tyear of being Green, now LEED qualified specialty contractors, states; Don Bremner President CEO, " We have had great success, REC achieved 94.7% per cent LEED certification, at the Regent Park, the Toronto Revitalization environmental remediation and demolition project, by enforcing the three R's: reduce, re-use, recycle, and we had great results of over 75% su... (more)

Survey Says Tech Spending to Increase

Interop released the results of a pre-show survey that indicates 42 percent of attendees at the upcoming Las Vegas intend to increase spending on technology within their organizations in 2009 as compared to last year. The Interop Las Vegas 2009 pre-show survey goes on to reveal that 95 percent of pre-registered attendees are active purchasers within their companies, interested in areas like virtualization, cloud computing, IT energy conservation, mobility & wireless, and network infrastructure and data center upgrades. Interop Las Vegas is happening May 17-21 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information see http://www.interop.com. "Attendees at this year's Interop Las Vegas are anxious to learn about the incredible innovation in today's business technology market and have the buying power to invest in these solutions," said Lenny Heymann ... (more)

Europe’s Utility Leaders Gather to Discuss Alternative Energy

João Torres, President of EDP - Distribuição - Energia, S.A., has confirmed attendance as the keynote speaker at the Next Generation Utilities Summit, the most important annual meeting of Utility executives in Europe. The summit, which will be held from June 23rd-25th at the Westin CampoReal Golf Resort & Spa, Portugal, has been highlighted this year as a vital meeting place for the Utility industry’s thought-leaders to unite and combat the current economic crisis, as well as respond to the added pressure to invest in renewable energy sources and adhering to ever-changing regulations. To create power for the people, you need powerful people with powerful ideas. In today’s world, utilities, power and energy have the potential to change the way we as a global community operate. Media-applauded ‘cutting edge’ solutions seem to be a familiar occurrence in the press, so ... (more)

Concerns Over Complex Backup Mitigated with Disk-Based Solution

Nexsan, a leading provider of energy-efficient, long-term disk storage, today announced that Franklin Synergy Bank is ensuring simple, reliable and cost-efficient data recovery using Nexsan SATABoy™ storage systems as the hardware foundation for its disk-based backup and recovery environment. Using Nexsan AutoMAID™-enabled SATABoy disk storage, the successful independent bank ensures fast data recovery while reducing storage system energy requirements. Opened in November of 2007, Franklin Synergy Bank located in Franklin, TN is a unique establishment bringing a combination of traditional community banking, such as trust, competence and expediency, with innovative, technologically-advanced delivery systems. This combination creates synergy, a process in which the sum of tailored banking products, advanced technology and dedicated bankers define a superior banking ex... (more)

NetSuite's Green Cloud Computing Platform

NetSuite announced a special sales program that makes it easy and cost effective for companies focused on energy-saving "green" technologies and business models to acquire NetSuite's software for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Ecommerce. The new program, which features a first-year 50% discount on the company's full on-demand business suite, is a key part of NetSuite's ongoing effort to enable the "green economy" by recognizing and supporting progressive-minded organizations that want to move their key business computing resources to NetSuite's energy-efficient cloud computing infrastructure. Organizations that can show proof of membership in associations such as the Solar Industries Association, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, American Wind Energy Association, U.S. Green Building Council, or other "green" asso... (more)