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  • Blog Post: Reducing IT footprint, 15 PCs at a time

    What’s better than a classroom full of PCs? How about 1 PC per classroom? As backwards as this may sound, it’s exactly the promise of the recently announced Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 . The simple goal of this solution is to reduce the cost of providing a rich Windows PC experience by allowing many...
  • Blog Post: The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative

    Once again, I've had a long hiatus from blogging. But I've got an excuse (this time!). I've been heads down on finalizing a new white paper on IT energy efficiency. I also just returned from Corporate EcoForum's annual meeting where a number of the attendees confirmed the key assertion in the paper ...
  • Blog Post: Tales of PC Insomnia, Part 2

    In my last post on this topic, I described a couple of scenarios in which your PC would not automatically sleep. I’ve got good news to report on both. Streaming Web Video The first is our old friend Adobe Flash. I’ve been working with the Adobe on this issue for some time now, and with some help...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Autoscaling–available now!

    In my white paper on IT energy efficiency , I wrote about the need for software developers to design their applications to dynamically scale, so we aren’t simply trading idle servers for idle VMs when applications move to public or private clouds. Unlike physical server infrastructure which is...
  • Blog Post: Study: New ENERGY STAR rated server consumes 54% less energy than older server

    Microsoft has been working with the  US EPA and HP for the last 6 months or so on a study to compare a new ENERGY STAR-qualified server (2009 model) with a similar, older non-energy star rated servers (2006 model)  The results show quite convincingly that replacing an older server with a new...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Power Use Study

    In the category of “I wrote this a long time ago but forgot to post it”, Mindteck updated their 2009 white paper which explores power use of various PC platforms using Windows 7. In the new paper, they tested both sleep, idle, low use and high use scenarios and built a model to estimate cost savings...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Incentives on Data Center Efficiency

    I recently had the honor of having a blog post published on Corporate EcoForum's EcoInnovator blog that focused on the role of incentives and data center efficiency. Take a look: http://corporateecoforum.com/ecoinnovator/?p=7035 As incredible as it sounds, and as I wrote in The IT Energy Efficiency...
  • Blog Post: "How Green is the Internet?" is the wrong question...

    Over the summer, I was honored to be invited to write a couple of articles to the Microsoft's OnGov blog. The first in June was an overview of ways in which governments can use IT to save money while reducing environmental impact. Regardless of where policy makers are on the political spectrum, reducing...
  • Blog Post: Better Power Management in the Enterprise

    The System Center team asked me to come and chat about Power Management and what we’re doing in Windows and across Microsoft to make it better. If you can ignore the bad hair day I was having, then it makes for an interesting discussion. You can find Part 2 of the discussion here .
  • Blog Post: The Efficiency Imperative

    On Monday, I was proud to speak on behalf of Microsoft at Intel Developer Forum 2010 on the critical need for developers to do their part to help improve IT efficiency. IT efficiency is a component of Greener IT, which is the term Microsoft is using for recognizing that Green IT is a journey rather than...
  • Blog Post: Server Efficiency Pot o' Gold

    My colleague Matt Robben from the Windows Server performance team has produced a very comprehensive white paper and accompanying blog post which goes into great detail about how you can save energy with Windows Server 2008 power management, including new options for increasing savings even further (up...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Energy efficiency

    The IE team recently published the results from a set of tests comparing the energy efficiency of the latest competing browsers. Spoiler-alert - IE9 was the most efficient. :-) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/03/28/browser-power-consumption-leading-the-industry-with-internet-explorer-9.aspx