Symantec VP joins Computers Off board

Symantec VP joins Computers Off board

Craig Scroggie contributes green expertise to advisory board

Symantec vice-president and managing director Pacific region, Craig Scroggie, has joined Computers Off Australia (COA) board of advisors.

Computers Off Australia is planning a not-for-profit campaign and labelling initiative that aims to reduce Australia’s IT carbon footprint.

“I think the advisory board, collectively is a very rich mix of individuals who have a lot of experience and value to offer on behalf of their organisations,” Scroggie said. “Collectively when we come together I think we’ll be able to educate the community and help the government make a lot of progress on the green front.”

Scroggie added that most of the technology whether it is virtualisation or reduction in backup, was very relevant around the consolidation and simplification of customer environments in helping them to reduce their carbon emissions and footprint.

“The primary motivator for most organisations driving a green strategy is that there are significant cost savings,” he said. “Green is great outcome and results in getting better utilisation out of your assets, complexity and managing your environment.” Scroggie said Symantec is very focused on reducing its own carbon footprint globally.

“We’ve made commitments to reducing and managing our carbon position across the company,” he said. “We’re doing a number of things internally like upgrading our hardware and changing our datacentre designs. Globally, we’re rolling out efficient datacentre operations where we are able to consolidate our own server infrastructure using our own virutalisation technologies, email archiving and deduplication products. “This is a great opportunity to be able to contribute our expertise to what I think is a fabulous initiative.”

In August, VMware vice-president, Paul Harapin, joined the Computers Off Australia board of advisers.

The Computers Off campaign and labelling initiative was launched nationally in June.

The not-for-profit campaign is being endorsed by peak ICT industry bodies including the ACS and AIIA, computer vendor Lenovo, as well as the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

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