Green is the hot topic these days, and the concept is having an impact on the way people think about datacenters. Companies around the world are announcing ways to save energy and reduce costs by buying new hardware and services. Yet, there is little guidance on how you can take action to control energy costs.

In our cover story for the October issue of TechNet Magazine, Build a Green Datacenter, Dave Ohara explains some of the issues you should consider when planning for more efficient computing resources. Dave looks at ways to measure energy consumption, defining the requirements for a green datacenter, and where to look for more information and support as you get the planning process underway.

Following up on the green focus of the October issue, Jim Lynch writes in our Field Notes column about the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) program and how recycling older PCs benefits communities by supporting projects to improve education, creating jobs, and generating economic opportunities for underserved communities.

We're planning more green computing coverage in the future, so stay tuned to TechNet Magazine web site or subscribe to the blog RSS feed for the latest information.