Cloud-based business management software vendor, NetSuite, claims that
customers using the company’s cloud-based SaaS, ERP and CRM services are
saving the equivalent of 423,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year,
but conveniently omits the important fact that at least some of those
emissions are now generated by its own data centres.
The report, conducted by environmental consultants, Greenspace, found that
the average NetSuite customer can cut its electricity bill by more than
US$10,000 per year and as much as US$100,000 cost reductions per year when
hardware, software licensing, maintenance, personnel and occupancy costs are
taken into account.
When calculated against the more than 6,000 customers sharing data centre
resources with NetSuite’s platform, the overall savings in energy bills
would equal some US$61 million per year, amount to nearly 595 million k... (more)
Dell has unveiled what it calls the broadest line of US EPA Energy Star
5.0-compliant desktops, workstations and portables. According to the company,
select configurations of Dell OptiPlex, Dell Precision and Latitude are now
Energy Star 5.0 compliant.
Almost all of the desktops, workstation and portable products designed by the
company today consume less than five watts in a low-power mode, which
actually exceeds levels currently set by the EPA for energy efficiency, Dell
“We are driving energy efficiency across all of our hardware platforms and
our compliance with Energ... (more)
Yesterday, I wrote about NetSuite’s claim that cloud computing platforms
can save users and indeed the world, carbon emissions, but I also noted some
facts that were left out of the press release and the study that it was based
on, conducted by environmental consultants, Greenspace.
Today, Jason Howard, CEO and Founder of Greenspace, wrote to me and gave me
the OTHER half of the story.
“I am the author of a recent study that you mention in your article. I
would like to provide you with additional information about our methodology
so you have all publicly available information for... (more)
This is a pretty cool video of how Sun is walking the walk and not just
talking the talk when it comes to its data centre efficiency strategy. Listen
to Dean Nelson, director of Global Lab & Data Centre Design Services at Sun
Microsystems, tell how the company basically reinvented its data centre
infrastructure through virtualisation and consolidation of multiple
facilities and the deployment of the company’s products and solutions.
The challenge: Sun had to consolidate 25 years of organic growth, new
products, re-organisations, acquisitions, and a multi-million dollar IT and
Market researchers, Research and Markets, has published the Worldwide Cloud
Computing Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2009-2015, a 609-page
report that is available for US$3,400, according to which the cloud computing
market will reach a whooping US$160.2 billion by 2015, from a base of US$36
billion in 2008.
From the press release, the company doesn't exactly explain why the market
will expand so rapidly over the next five years, nor define what exactly the
cloud computing market segment encompasses (hardware? software? IaaS? PaaS?
SaaS?). According to the research f... (more)