Sustainability and the Telecoms Industry

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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 firm, "a cloud computing system has many aspects related to a range of industries moving to leverage the Internet as a channel." That doesn't exactly say much, but from the description and the subsequent points raised by the press release, including examples and comments on Google, Salesforc... (more)

Orion, GE Smart Grid Deal Shows Disconnect Between Telco and Utility Nets

New Zealand electricity distribution network operator, Orion, has reportedly began a smart grid implementation with a solution from GE Energy. The project, claimed to be the first in the country, will deploy GE’s ENMAC Distribution Management System, which will help Orion monitor the distribution grid and give operators an accurate, real-time picture of power flow, trouble spots and potential workarounds for outages. The project is expected to be finished by mid-2010, and support Orion’s network covering 8,000 kilometres and 190,000 homes. “Finding proven ways to improve reliabil... (more)

Mobile Comms Can Save €43bn in Energy Bills Per Year - Vodafone

A new report released by Vodafone and Accenture says that the use of mobile communications can reduce the annual energy bill for Europe by a €43 billion, equivalent to an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by at least 113 Mt CO2e (metric ton carbon dioxide equivalents) by 2020. The figure equals about 2.4% of the CO2 emissions for the whole of the EU, or eliminating close to one-fifth of the UK’s emissions. Obviously, there’s a catch. Vodafone says that the only way to achieve those goals is for the industry and governments to collaborate. The report, titled Carbon Con... (more)

How Sun Reinvented Its Own Data Centre Infrastructure

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 R&... (more)

IBM and Cisco in Amsterdam Smart Grid Pilot

At least two big IT names, IBM and Cisco, will be headlining a trial by Dutch utility, Nuon, to put in a smart grid for 500 homes in Amsterdam. As part of the trial, 500 households in Amsterdam will get smart meters and home energy management solutions to optimise their energy usage. The pilot is being implemented by a consortium of organisations, including housing corporations Far West and Ymere, Amsterdamse Innovatie Motor, Home Automation Europe, ROC Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and Grid Operator Liander. The pilot, a part of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative, is ... (more)