It's been a busy week at BusinessGreen HQ - we've been going through an office move since you ask - which is why I forgot to mention earlier in the week that Wednesday afternoon saw the second of our live web seminars on how to run a greener IT department.
Though fear not if you missed it, because through the magic of our shiny new Web 2.0 on demand interface you can register to watch the whole show at any time here.
I was in the hot seat this time giving my best Hugh Edwards impression and hosting a panel of experts looking at some of the practical tips and advice firms should embrace if they want to limit the environmental impact of both their IT hardware and the wider business.
John Madden of analyst firm Ovum kicked off proceedings with at look at why energy efficiency has become so important to IT departments, an overview of what some of the leading hardware vendors are doing to improve the environmental footprint of their kit, and an assessment of some of the best practices IT chiefs should be embracing, including gaining control of the electricity bill, procuring more efficient kit and deploying the latest management and virtualisation software to drive up utility rates.
He was followed by Martin Niemer, senior product marketing manager at virtualisation software specialist VMware, who looked in more detail at how virtualised environments can reduce datacentre power consumption by up to 80 percent.
Ian Osborne of IT trade group Intellect completed the panel with a look at how IT can have a positive environmental impact beyond the datacentre, through video conferencing, hosted software and thin clients, and turn off campaigns.
An interactive question and answer session followed with the audience offering posers on everything from how green initiatives work at smaller firms to whether you need to upgrade your servers to support virtualisation software.
So if you want to find out more about the green IT department, keep an eye out for the next seminar on June 20th and, in the meantime, you can catch up on both the first and second show whenever you fancy.
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