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."
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