IT Solutions Can Have You Seeing Green
March 10, 2011
In a world where green is an imperative, environmentalism has moved well beyond backyard composts and car emissions to a cost-conscious core business practice that is here to stay.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 10, 2011 — Today many companies promote products and services that boast environmental consciousness — from solar-powered housing and electric cars to even cardboardless toilet paper rolls. In a world where green is an imperative, environmentalism has moved well beyond backyard composts and car emissions to a cost-conscious core business practice that is here to stay.

Windows Embedded platforms for thin clients help enterprises go green.
Windows Embedded platforms for thin clients help enterprises go green.
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Green IT business practices are noticed, appreciated and attractive for enterprises and the planet. Furthermore, simple actions

can result in huge cost savings. Shutting down a personal computer every night, with one click, saves on average as much as $90 a year, and when applied to businesses this savings skyrockets. In a green-driven society enterprises have several choices for going green in IT. The latest computing technologies are cost-effective, promote environmental efficiency, require little time to implement and are easy to use. For example, thin-client devices are one way that companies are achieving green in the IT datacenter.

“Thanks to smart power management features that improve central processing unit idle time, thin-client devices reduce power consumption and energy costs,” stated Alexa Barron, product manager for Windows Embedded Standard and Thin Clients at Microsoft. “Taking advantage of the latest thin-client technology from Windows Embedded is an immediate and simple way to be more energy conscious while also being cost-effective and productive.”

Microsoft plays a key role in thin-client computing for green IT. The latest Windows Embedded platforms, including Windows Embedded Standard 7, provide original equipment manufacturers with the tools to create low footprint thin-client devices and bring them to market, quickly and easily. A recent white paper from Windows Embedded, Enabling Green IT with Windows Embedded Thin Clients, highlights how Microsoft is creating technologies that continue to support enterprises’ unique environmental goals.

Thin-client devices can have a meaningful impact on organizations in several ways, including their carbon footprint. Did you know…

  • Thin-clients devices need little to no air conditioning, which literally means fewer operating costs.

  • Implementing thin clients that run limited local applications and are network connected can help decrease energy usage and, in turn, lower costs.

  • Thin clients have fewer components; the lack of hard drives leads to less e-waste.

Green is here and has extended beyond the home and vehicle and into the corporate office. With new technologies and the latest products, including thin-client devices, creating an environmentally conscious workplace is achievable without adding costs or reducing performance.

To keep up with all the latest news from Windows Embedded, including details on thin-client solutions, be sure to check our Windows Embedded News Center and follow us on Twitter @MSFTWEB. For more information about Windows Embedded green IT efforts check out our Windows Embedded European site.

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