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Tips from the Green IT experts: The top inefficiencies contributing to carbon emissions

by Sarah Cenedella

October 21, 2010

Sarah Cenedella, Insider Learning Network

The most useful part of SAP TechEd (at least for me) has been the 30-minute discussions in the Expert Networking Lounge. Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting in on a discussion with the Green IT experts, hosted by Timo Seltzer, Vice President of Green IT for SAP AG.

Seltzer was joined by Eddie White from Sentilla and Carol Jackson from OSIsoft. Sentilla and OSIsoft are two SAP partners that have solutions and expertise that directly align with SAP Carbon Impact, the product featured in this green IT discussion session.  White and Jackson shared their experiences with SAP Carbon Impact, and what they have learned when going into organizations and helping them not only be more Green, but also adding to their TCO and their bottom line.

There were a lot of great Green IT tips and tricks, as well as a demo of SAP Carbon Impact and how it integrates with SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, shared in this session, including these top three inefficiencies that these experts regularly see contributing to carbon emissions and costing companies money unnecessarily:

  1. Having servers sitting in a data center serving no purpose (no pun intended). The advice from the Green IT experts:  Audit and keep records of all of your systems, their locations, and what’s running on them. You’d be surprised at what you’ll find running in some basement or server room that is no longer needed and can be decommissioned. 
  2. Virtualizing servers and systems at random. The advice from the Green IT experts:  Do a thorough evaluation of your servers and systems and weigh the affect they have before deciding what to virtualize.
  3. Using out-of-the-box server settings. The advice from the Green IT experts:  Take a long, hard look at the settings on your systems – even those that have been running for years – and reset settings that are negatively affecting your carbon emissions, energy usage, and bottom line.

In summary: Virtualize, consolidate, and turn off, but do so with data to support those decisions.

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