According a recent report published by research firm Forrester, gains in operational efficiency and financial savings form a big reason behind a majority of green IT initiatives taken by companies in UK.
The report highlights the fact most companies are looking to cut their costs in the recessionary environment through their green IT initiatives.
Of the IT directors surveyed, nearly 86 percent said that they either already have a green IT plan or are looking at one in near future with the idea of extending the lifecycle of their IT assets and bringing down energy usage as their prime objectives.
Interestingly the need of a business case to go with a green IT plan was highlighted by participants and they also stressed on the fact that while meeting corporate social responsibility goals were important, deriving business benefit was also a key consideration.
Among the major green IT initiatives that companies were investing in, server virtualisation along with storage consolidation came out on top.
Though the report sounded a positive note on the overall direction of green IT initiatives, its authors had a word of caution when they warned that "Overzealous greening of the datacentre and desktop environments can put operations at risk if it compromises infrastructure performance or availability."
That's not surprising. It just happened that companies' priorities and the health of Planet Earth happened to coincide. Going green is not something that is done out of charity but rather because it helps firms saving money by improving efficiency, helping them make the most of what they have.
(Computer Word UK)