Intel's New Project Helps Open Source IT Go Green

Loraine Lawson

There's a rather cynical item in CIO Insight this month about green IT. The article suspiciously asks whether companies are really interested in the environment, or whether their enthusiasm is just a clever marketing ploy.

I say who cares? It's all cleaner air for me.

But the article did make one thing clear: Businesses do reduce energy costs when they go green. And if saving the environment also saves your company a few green backs, that's just smart business.

Whatever their motivations, more IT managers are interested in green IT. A recent survey found that at least 65 percent of IT managers are using some form of energy efficiency practices in an attempt to reduce both costs and their IT division's environmental footprint. The survey reports the most common steps were:

  • Using blanking panels to reduce or stop the recirculation of hot air, (65 percent)
  • Sealing the floor to reduce the loss of cool air, (56 percent)
  • Using "computational fluid dynamics to identify hotspots and optimize airflow within the facility," (25 percent)

If you're interested in going green - and if it saves money, who isn't? - then you'll be interested in learning more about - a new initiative by Intel. E-Commerce Times reports that is an "open source energy-saving project" that encourages Linux developers, users and vendors to brainstorm ways of making Linux servers, computers and appliances more energy efficient.


The Linux Foundation, Red Hat and Novell already support the effort, according to the E-Commerce Times article.

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