No Real Reason to Be Keen on Green Computing

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2008-03-10 Print this article Print

Vizard: Vendors' green-IT spiels aren't ringing true; they're trying to push inventory by appealing to a futuristic payoff that does nothing but bring risk to IT in the short term.

Everywhere you go these days there seems to be a vendor talking about the virtues of green computing. The most recent example of this trend was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer last week promising to reduce the amount of energy that Microsoft products consume by a factor of five.

Ballmer wasn't very specific about how this would be accomplished, but you could take it as a tacit admission that a lot of bloated code that has built up over the years is a major contributor to the problem.

Ballmer played the green card at CeBIT. Read more here. 

The basic pitch from all these vendors is that IT organizations should upgrade their computer infrastructure in the name of saving energy costs. That in turn will have a positive impact on the environment because there will be less harmful carbons produced.

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As the Editorial Director and Senior Vice President, Michael Vizard sets the strategic editorial direction for the Enterprise Group at Ziff Davis, which includes eWEEK, Baseline, CIO Insight, The Channel Insider, Publish and Microsoft Watch,. Mr. Vizard has served as the Editor in Chief of CMP Media's Computer Resellers News, in addition to being Editor in Chief at International Data Group's InfoWorld. Mr. Vizard has also had extensive editorial management experience over an 18-year career that has included management positions with PC Week, Computerworld, Digital Review and Electronic Buyers' News.

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