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Slideshow: ARN's sustainable IT roundtable

A collection of images and industry expert comments from ARN's sustainable IT roundtable.

  • "It’s very important for manufacturers and IT service providers to have carbon clauses put into long-term contracts. If you have a three-year contract to provide datacentre services and 12 months in, you find power has gone up by 20 or 30 per cent and you’re making fairly low margins, it could put you out of business." - Iain Smale, Carbon Planet

  • "It seems every action that’s happening is a reaction, rather than the pursuit of a personal need or a company/corporate philosophy around green IT." - Sebastian Moore, Pisces Group

  • “Where does green take precedence over profitability to the point where you could injure the company’s sustainability and prosperity?” - Peter Spiteri, Emerson

  • "Some organisations will do it because there is a social reward to it. So by saying they’re green, it will drive business." - Peter Stein, Express Data

  • "You’re starting to see vendors trying to differentiate themselves with things like power efficiency rates, or their blade chassis running more efficiently than someone else’s." - David Lenz, Ingram Micro

  • "The other thing we’re trying to do is work towards a wattage per desktop number. We are aiming to do is allow staff to have whatever device they like on the desktop, but the wattage has to stay under a certain amount. If you can change people’s behaviours, then they will start to come up with ideas." - Mark Jones, Corporate Express

  • “As you shift how power is generated, it’s going to drive energy costs higher. The power companies won’t bear that cost, you and I will bear that cost – you as a user, me as a visitor on the hotel bill.” - Jose Iglesias, Symantec

  • "It’s about learning from different cultural experiences, not just businesses, about how to approach sustainable IT." - Alison O'Flynn, Fujitsu

  • "Moreover than not, we will show a customer the end goal and impact and we’re getting quizzed quite hard on how we justify that, the metrics we use and formulations. By focusing on the things we can measure well, we’re showing that we are responsible and the savings are realistic and tangible.” - Michael van Zoggel, ComputerCorp

  • “My industry has traditionally been hardware and associated services, but as other organisations become offsite and independent of location, whether that be through cloud or whatever terminology you use, and as customers start buying software, hardware, processing power and technical support via an unknown location and unknown device that’s scaleable for them up or down, it could completely change this discussion we’re having around physical power in and out, cooling, capital costs and refresh cycles." - Simon Johnson, Dell

  • “People have been talking about doing more with less forever in this industry. What we’re seeing happening today with many customers is they have to do more with less, but they now have to measure it.” - David Dzienciol, Symantec

  • “The measurements are hard because they are so complex and have so many different aspects. There’s no one answer.” - Kassandra Singh, Datacom

  • "The more they can get out of existing equipment, the more the business will support you. But measurement and control are absolutely key to all of it. People want you to show them the savings and typically, that hasn’t been measured." - Shadi Haddad, Ethan Group

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