An IT Overhaul Could Save California $44 Million

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It's not shocking news, considering we talk often about the energy savings businesses and organizations can see if they just run their PCs efficiently. A new report by Intel, however, lays out just how much California tax payers don't have to put into running IT equipment, if the state were to freshen up its systems. From the report:

As it continues its role as a leader in government computing, California is studying the advantages of replacing end-of-life desktops with eco-efficient laptop computers. The
state is now moving into the second phase of that evaluation.

Making California's PC-IT infrastructure more efficient has the potential to yield significant savings. A dynamic IT environment could save up to $44 million in energy costs over the next four-year PC refresh cycle1 and, of course, could save tens of millions over the industry-recommended three-year refresh cycle as well. Additionally, reduced power use could keep more than 205,000 tons of CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere--which is equivalent to taking about 34,000 cars off California highways.

If end-of-life desktops are going to be replaced anyway, it seems that the only logical thing to do for a state eager to be number one in green would replace them with energy efficient laptops. In addition to that, it seems only logical to make similar moves with all energy-intensive equipment, such as servers. But it is still a big project. The state has about 225,000 PCs, 9,500 servers, and more than 100 email systems. It's an energy efficiency upgrade that would take a few years.

The report also lines out how the upgrade can save the state money and energy in less obvious areas. For instance, switching computers over to laptops will allow greater flexibility for employees to telecommute, saving both emissions and facility space, and would improve the state's ability to function during an emergency situation like an earthquake or fire.

Download the report to check out what Intel has to say about upgrading California's IT equipment - It's a quick read.

Via Greener Computing
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