- Its Not Only Better For The Environment, But Will Save You Money As Well -
Guildford, United Kingdom – Memset, the award-winning dedicated IT hosting company, has found that “ripping and replacing” servers that are over three years old is a must.
Whilst “sweating assets” has been seen to be the most effective way to squeeze out every conceivable drop of value from your hardware, in the case of servers, it’s simply neither economically nor environmentally sound.
For example, an average £1,000 1U rack-mount server bought 3-4 years ago probably “cost” (in terms of materials, manufacture and distribution) about 1,500kWh to make and uses 120W at moderate load, which yearly is 1,050kWh, or at least 1,500kWh when data centre cooling is taken into account. The latest equivalent “green” servers use as little as 80W, so swapping to energy efficient servers will save 400kWh/year in electricity and get you 2-4 times more performance.
In the past eighteen months, Memset has seen the power requirements of basic "workhorse" rackmount servers halve while their performance has doubled. In other words, if you simply replace 3+ year old servers with modern ones you can cut your power bill more than by half and get more than double workload capacity.
With good use of virtualisation to consolidate existing applications onto a smaller number of machines, thus taking advantage of the performance improvements, it makes clear environmental and economic sense to replace machines after 2-3 years. Alternatively, you can outsource your server infrastructure and consequent environmental impact practically overnight to a carbon neutral IT host such as Memset or Rackspace.
Most hardware vendors do a very good job of recycling servers (less than 2% going to land fill), and charities such as Computer Aid can refurbish and give machines to Africa where they are put to very good and efficient use, so the environmental argument is sound as well (provided responsible disposal of old equipment). Memset has recently started sending its outdated IT kit to Computer Aid International.
Tony Roberts, the charity's CEO said “We desperately need to increase donations to meet demand from African schools and hospitals and hope that businesses across the UK will realise that by partnering with Computer Aid they not only will become WEEE compliant but they can help stop over two million unwanted PCs going to waste.”
Source: the figures were taken from 3 different sources, including Dell’s website.
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Memset is an award-winning dedicated web hosting company. Established in November 2002, the company was the first to offer high quality, flexible dedicated server packages on a fair and scalable pricing model. The development of their Miniserver™ technology has enabled Memset to be recognised as the leading developer and supplier of virtual dedicated server systems in the UK.
Memset is Britain's first Carbon Neutral ISP, was voted best UK Web Host 2006 & 2007 by PC Pro readers and recently won Surrey's Innovation in Business award.
For further information on Memset, visit: http://www.memset.com
About Computer Aid
Computer Aid International provides only the highest-quality, professionally refurbished computers for reuse in education, health and not-for-profit organisations in developing countries. Computer Aid has shipped over 125,000 PCs to where they are most needed in more than 100 countries, making us the world's largest and most experienced ICT 4 Development provider.
For further information on Computer Aid, visit: http://www.computeraid.org/
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