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  • Blog Post: Carbon tax strategies in education–reducing PC power usage

    Next month’s carbon tax will cost Australian education institutions upwards of $50m a year (see ‘ How the carbon tax will affect education ’), and that’s money that won’t be easy to find. But the issue of managing energy usage isn’t unique to education – so what can be learnt from other industries? Our...
  • Blog Post: The Open University uses Lync 2010 to save $3m

    The Open University (OU) is the UK’s largest university, and delivers its courses via distance learning to over 250,000 students. With 5,000 staff spread around the country, the OU decided to explore options to replace their existing PABX telephone system, as well as introduce new communications technology...
  • Blog Post: How the carbon tax will affect education

    I know there’s a political debate about the carbon tax, and I don’t want to go near that. But I did see the stories earlier this week (eg this one on Sky News ) that the carbon tax is going to increase costs for NSW public sector organisations by nearly $50M, and figures quoted that the 2,177 public...
  • Blog Post: Energy efficient university data centres in Australia

    Reading last week’s Campus Review , there’s an article about the cost of energy, the impact on Australian universities and the fact that computing is a large element of their university electricity usage:   Power bills to force an IT re-think If electricity prices surge post-carbon tax, universities...
  • Blog Post: What are your hidden data centre costs?

    Late last year, Microsoft in the US published " The Economics of the Cloud ", which I've only just got around to reading. If you are running a data centre in education - either at university or state level - then this is a good read to understand where your costs are adding up, and where you...
  • Blog Post: Reducing IT costs in education

    There is continuing pressure to reduce IT costs in education, perhaps to find resources and budget for new projects - and that means cutting the cost of running an existing project. But when you start thinking about reducing IT costs, how often do you consider the impact on other budget centres? I ask...
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