How To Go Green IT
Green computing, ICT sustainability, these are all names for what we now know as Green IT. One of the main things about it is looking at power management. It is known as the practice and study of the manufacturing, using, designing and disposing of any IT equipment, including servers and computers, printers, monitors, communication systems, storage devices and networking systems in an ecofriendly way. All these processes have to be done in such a way that their impact on the environment is low or nonexistent. PC power management is now included in most computers around the world because they allow a lower environmental impact. However, it isn't just about the monitor power consumption or the tower power consumption. It is also about the process of actually producing these items. This has to be done without using hazardous materials and all items should be biodegradable or recyclable. This goes for the finished product, but also for the machines used in producing these products. Technology has to be very energy efficient in all stages of development. Energy Star is one of the best known Green IT initiatives, which makes it possible for users to immediately see that their equipment is green. This is used in power management of a whole range of technological equipment above and beyond PCs and monitors. It can also be found in such things as climate control, for instance. One of the most important developments in the Green Star is the sleep mode, but also electrical emissions. However, it isn't just about making things green, they also have to meet stringent safety standards in terms of ergonomics. Recent research has found that a lot of work still needs to be done. First, although important strides have been made in terms of PC power management, there is still a distinctive lack in focusing on the other areas. These are mainly using green production technologies and ensuring all components are either biodegradable or fully recyclable. Monitor power consumption, however, has come very far which does need to be applauded. A system can now turn off any components that are not being used for a set period of time, including the hard drive and monitors. Furthermore, systems are now able to hibernate, switching off the main power using components such as the RAM and the CPU. This is called Advanced Power Management and is one of the most important developments in terms of going green.