To Comply or Not to Comply? The Energy Consumption Debate

Patrick Avery

IT Business Edge contributor Arthur Cole recently wrote about the EPA's new Energy Star 5.0 ratings and whether companies will embrace these new specs. These standards are not mandatory, although any manufacturer that wants to apply the ES label to their new machines must meet them.


It appears that these new specs are between 30 and 60 percent more efficient than 4.0-rated devices. However, Cole says, it's important to remember that PC power consumption is only a small fraction of the typical enterprise draw, with servers and storage taking the lion's share in both operational and cooling consumption.


"No one expects energy-savings on PCs alone to make or break enterprise fortunes. But as part of the broader package of green initiatives, shoring up PC power usage can help improve the bottom line more than most people realize. Deploying energy-efficient machines or loading up existing devices with power management software represents a fairly modest investment that could produce substantial returns in the not-too-distant future, particularly if oil prices spike again."


For those looking for other methods to reduce energy consumption, take a look at some of the tools available in the Knowledge Network.


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Jul 3, 2009 5:27 AM Brian Brian  says:

Where does Mr. Cole get his information from??? There's a Gartner study that's 2 years old that shows that when broken down, Data center energy consumption added up to only 29% of the bill, whereas PC energy consumption was at 36%!  That's completely different from what Mr. Cole is eluding to here.  Perhaps he's confused with the fact that Data Center power APPEARS to be at a heavier draw than PC power due to the fact that it's centralized, and therefore blatantly obvious!

Mr. Cole, PLEASE do your homework before writing this nonsense!


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