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August 04, 2008

Wikibon Intros Green, Money-Saving Service for IT Companies



Offering a way to save money and do good for planet Earth in these economically stressed times – and in a presidential election year where “green” concerns are expected to fuel debate – a Web 2.0 IT research and advisory group today launched a new service that’s designed to point businesses toward a cost-saving measure that conserves the environment.
 
Officials from Marlborough, Massachusetts-based Wikibon say their “Conserve IT” service will help IT companies and customers qualify for rewards offered by Pacific Gas & Electric Company for installing energy-efficient equipment.
 
Wikibon’s co-founder and principal contributor, David Vellante, said the service accelerates the qualification of storage products for energy rebates and provides independent validation of energy efficiency for storage platforms from vendors.
 
“This partnership between the utilities and IT industries will accelerate the adoption of green technologies and this program will help customers and vendors directly connect green products to business value,” Vellante said.
 
So-called “green” technologies come in a number of forms – and as TMC President and Group Editor-in-Chief Rich Tehrani writes, some companies do a better job than others at achieving the “lofty goals” of the environmentally conscious.
 
“Case in point is Mitel (News - Alert),” Tehrani wrote in one recent blog entry. “I recently had a discussion with Doug Michaelides, the company’s vice president of marketing, where we discussed the Mitel’s alliance with SUN to deliver UC solutions. He pointed out in our meeting that of course UC is a green technology to begin with as it reduces commuting costs.”
 
According to Tehrani’s conversation with Michaelides, a Sun/Mitel UC solution reduces power consumption per person from 90 watts to nine.
 
“So if you are looking to go UC and do it as environmentally responsibly as possible, you may want to check out the Mitel/Sun combo live and in person,” Tehrani writes. “On second thought, stay at home and do it over the Web.”
 
According to Wikibon, Conserve IT was launched on behalf of IT customers in the Wikibon community who wanted to take advantage of the programs PG&E (News - Alert) and other utilities have put in place to conserve energy.
 
“The community felt that it could help to dramatically increase the participation of storage technologies which are major consumers of power and cooling in data centers,” Wikibon officals say. “PG&E responded to Wikibon by allocating resources to help qualify additional storage technologies and providing guidance to the storage industry at large.”
 
According to Wikibon, the new service is designed to obtain the qualification of IT products from utility companies such as PG&E; help IT vendors secure incentives for end customers; and distribute customer best practices on energy efficiency through Wikibon case studies.
 
Conserve IT is receiving positive reviews by Wikibon member organizations that Vellante has recognized as green industry leaders.
 
According to Craig Nunes, vice president of marketing at 3PAR, Wikibon secured qualification from PG&E for the company’s InServ line of utility storage arrays within 60 days.
 
“Wikibon’s knowledge of the PG&E process combined with a terrific understanding of storage virtualization dramatically accelerated our qualification and reduced the workload on our internal team,” Nunes said. “We’re enthusiastic about the partnership with Wikibon in the future to secure incentives for customers both inside and outside of California.”
 
Michael Dinan is a TMCNet Editor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
 
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