Sunday is Earth Day, and there’s certainly been a lot of media focus on the environment in recent months. The issue of how IT impacts the environment has been a part of this debate. Novell recently announced it had joined the Green Grid, a consortium of IT companies focused on lowering power consumption in data centers. We see virtualization – which allows companies to do more with their existing hardware – as an important potential contributor to reducing both IT power costs and IT waste. With both a virtualization platform – Xen on Linux – as well as management services for virtualized environments, we think we’ve got some good tools that can help companies shrink their data center footprints. Linux, itself, which can run well on older machines, can help companies extend the use of their systems – reducing IT waste – even without virtualization.
A lot of this discussion seems fairly theoretical at this stage. But we suspect there are folks our there that have done some interesting things with Linux and virtualization that have, in fact, both saved on power and extended hardware life. Who’s got a good story? Let us know.