November 3, 2008
LONDON -- Extreme Networks and Data Integration today announced the results of the first annual Green IT survey. The analysis of the needs of UK public and private sector organisations found that 64% of respondents cited Green IT as a requirement when purchasing new IT equipment. The survey also found that only 20% of respondents actively measure IT-related energy spend. It is important that businesses measure IT-related energy spend to measure carbon footprint reductions, instead of doing Green IT for the sake of it.
Modern IT systems rely on complex mix of people, networks and hardware. Businesses are utilising Green IT to address increasingly sophisticated problems and therefore the demands on IT equipment have increased over the last decade. A truly Green IT solution will encompass all end user requirements whilst simplifying management, meeting regulatory compliance with RoHS and WEEE standards and provide exceptional return on investment.
Additional findings from the joint survey undertaken by Extreme Networks’ Platinum Partner, Data Integration included:
49% of organisations cited reduced operational costs as the main driver for greening IT operations. Organisations are increasingly looking for network technologies that will reduce energy consumption and empower the business take control of the network through intelligent measures.
43% of businesses cited Green IT as important to their organisations
78% of participants say they recycle their IT equipment
51% of respondents say they are unsure whether their organisations have sustainability goals for Green IT, suggesting that not all organisations are aware of the benefits and return on investment of their Green IT equipment.
“The green issue is important in today’s society, especially for organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint,” comments Extreme Networks’ Regional Director for UK and Ireland, Paul Phillips. “The fact that 78% of organisations recycle their IT equipment suggests that there is a high level of awareness of the WEEE regulations that were introduced at the beginning of 2007. However, it is essential that businesses measure the amount of electricity required for powering and cooling their IT systems. Currently only a fifth of businesses do this, and it is just important to measure the success of Green IT initiatives rather than going green just for the sake of it.”
Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR)
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