Okay, so my posts have, so far, focused upon the recycling of obsolete e-waste and the associated green side of this initiative. How about the other side of the IT bandwagon, that of green datacentres and greener computing systems. Well, a couple of months ago, a company based in Sheffield started to hit the headlines and have in the past year won numerous awards for their innovative solutions.
Very PC featured on Dragon's den, on the BBC and was slated as a direct result of a lack of knowledge on the part of the dragons, the company has solutions that are to put it bluntly mind-boggling. Consider the standard PC as consuming a few hundred watts, the desktops manufactured by Very PC run on less than 30 watts (at full pelt and with AMD 64x2 processors).
This isn't just a company in development either. They've just completed construction of a manufacturing warehouse in Yorkshire and have a significant range of computer solutions, which can be provided in large quantities. So, why do I see the kit as being the de-facto Green IT solution? They're probably the most energy efficient computers on the market at present. Being a viable proposition for large roll-outs and installs, the cost savings for companies needing to replace obsolete equipment could be huge (by my reckoning, a few hundred quid per pc over a 4 year period!). Heck, what I can't understand, given the current green drive for IT, is the fact that companies aren't taking up these computers more. I guess Dell and HP have them locked into service contracts.
Of course, their server solutions could similarly reduce overheads, bringing the overall overheads of a company down markedly. Data Centers could benefit from similar sawp-outs, where running costs could be more than halved.
How can I put this. HP are touting a drive to reduce desktop PC power consumption by 25% on or before 2010. However, this company has managed to achieve a drop of 2 of 3 times this already. Could this be the next Dyson- a British innovation that could potentially change another consumer product?