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  • Blog Post: Saving money by saving power - how Microsoft IT rolled out desktop power management

    Last week I spoke to a group of schools about money saving strategies ( based on this info ), and I do plan to shortly record the whole presentation, so that I can share it. But when I got to the bit about making sure that you do something about desktop power savings, there were a few in the audience...
  • Blog Post: Building Clouds - how to make a data centre more energy efficient

    We have a team, called Microsoft Global Foundation Services , who have the job of building clouds. Or at least, building ‘the Cloud’ – they design, build, run and support our global data centres which are at the hub of all of our cloud services. In Europe, we have one in Ireland and one in Holland. I...
  • Blog Post: Saving money by effective power management

    One of the hidden costs of ICT in education is the power usage of the equipment you’ve got around your college. I call it hidden because it is often not visible to the IT team, and the full energy costs of all of your servers and computers are simply part of the college’s overall electric bill. As we...
  • Blog Post: Saving power on the go – getting your laptop battery to last all day

    The beauty of saving power, is that you’re also saving money. And in the case of laptops, that applies to home use as well as use on campus. So there’s an incentive for staff to want to manage their power use more effectively. So maybe this article will be of use for your internal IT newsletters too...
  • Blog Post: From Hansard – Thin Client doesn’t equal energy efficient

    I like “ They Work for You ”, a website which tracks things which go on in Parliament. I use the RSS feeds of education ministers to keep an eye on news I’ve missed (such as new statistics published, or progress on big programmes), and I’ve also used it personally to contact my local MP about an approaching...
  • Blog Post: Brockenhurst College: Reducing a carbon footprint

    Brockenhurst College, in the New Forest, has a well-earned reputation for technological innovation. Their Beacon Technology Centre , opened in 2006, is a visual treat. They have been updating their IT infrastructure across the college, as part of a drive to reduce their carbon footprint. That's included...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 is coming...

    One for IT Managers: We've announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista will be released in the Spring Term 2008 2008, which is good news for those who are waiting for this before doing widescale deployments of the new operating system across your college. In advance of that the Beta is available...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: Green Data Centres

    During the recent Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona my colleague Dan attended a panel discussion on the green data centre. The panel featured many of the key industry influencers ( AMD , Dell , HP , Intel , Microsoft , and Citigroup ), whose research and product development has implications for the implementations...
  • Blog Post: Build a Green Datacentre

    At the UCISA conference, earlier this year, there were some astounding figures quoted with regard to the cost of the running a datacentre - environmentally and financially. A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories report states: " The energy used by a typical rack of state-of-the art servers, drawing...
  • Blog Post: Thin Client, Rich Client or hybrid?

    My colleague Michael Royster, in Microsoft Consulting Services, has just finished a briefing document on the approaches available to implementation, addressing the questions about thin client versus rich client, and provides excellent advice and insight into how you can plan for the most appropriate...
  • Blog Post: Genie - Grid ENabled Integrated Earth system model

    Whenever I hear about 'cluster computing' I think about high-tech, whizzy projects which are designed to address theoretical problems. Then today, I came across Genie, and thought again. I'd often seen the headlines about air travel's impact on climate change, but had never considered that somebody,...
  • Blog Post: Save £23,000 or Save the Earth...take your pick

    PC Pro have been doing some research on the ways that Windows Vista can save power .....come again...save power ? Yup It appears that computers are left on all the time with nobody using them (hmm, let me think about the IT Suite, or some of those odd computers in the back of teaching rooms). So...
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