Your Guide to the Top 5 Green Energy-Efficient IT Certifications
Deciding to build a green, energy-efficient IT infrastructure is easier than choosing which servers, data storage and virtualization products will actually use less heat, cut your energy bill and reduce your enterprise's carbon footprint. There is no shortage of green, energy-efficient IT certifications and standards that rate products for heat production and energy consumption. But which green IT certifications and standards should your enterprise use to qualify your IT infrastructure, including servers, storage and software, for purchase? Editor M. David Stone decodes the five most commonly referenced energy efficiency certifications-the EPA's Energy Star, EPEAT, RoHS, Blue Angel and EcoLogo.The first thing a business discovers when it decides to pursue green IT and build an energy-efficient IT infrastructure is that making the decision is easier than figuring out which servers, storage and virtualization products will actually use less heat, cut a company's energy bill and reduce its carbon footprint. The good news is that you don't have to scour the details of each product. There are any number of green IT and energy-efficient certification programs that will do that for you. The bad news is that there are so many green IT and energy-efficient certifications that it's hard to keep track of them all.
Here are the five most common, with a look at what each means and where it applies in your IT infrastructure and energy-efficient, green IT infrastructure plans.