Help Out this Earth Hour by Virtualising Your Desktop

By Lauren Fritsky

By 2014, Australian businesses will spend US$3.1 billion on sustainability efforts. The figure undoubtedly shows the environment is an emerging concern for companies across the country. While there are many ways to tackle energy-efficiency improvements at your business – going paperless, cutting down on electricity and choosing environmentally-conscious vendors –, one way to save the environment and simplify IT needs at the same time isvirtualisation. And with Earth Hourapproaching on March 31, there’s no better time than now to take your virtualisation plan to the next level.

If you’re one of the many companies that has already virtualised its servers, you’ve most likely realised the energy-saving benefits, which include using fewer high-powered servers and stopping energy waste by unplugging underused hardware. But going a step further through deploying desktop virtualisation can maximise your energy and cost savings by:

  • Replacing old PCs with low-energy thin clients that consume up to 75 per cent less power
  • Aggregating resources in the cloud to reduce power consumption
  • Relying on fewer pieces of hardware and, therefore, less energy to power them
  • Wasting less energy during idle periods by migrating the desktop VM between the end user’s physical machine and a VM server

As an ARN Green IT Award winner in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Datacom can deliver virtualisation for your enterprise-grade businesses while keeping the environment in mind. Our consultants will also assist you in other components of desktop management.

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