Fraunhofer Institute study shows economic and ecological advantages of thin clients

A recent study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen, Germany showed that thin clients can significantly reduce costs, energy consumption and CO2 output. The study considered production, transportation, use and disposal phase of traditional "wintel" PCs vs typical thin clients and the servers necessary for their use. While its important that a respected institute for environmental science did this study, in my opinion, the study underestimated the potential savings in energy usage and CO2 output. The study did not specifically consider Sun Ray ulta-thin clients (4 Watts), but even the 14-19 Watt IGEL thin clients considered in the study required much less energy than a typical desktop PC (68-96 Watts) in the use phase. The study concluded that, "Even when including the cooling power for the server, which has been estimated conservatively as twice the required power, thin clients use significantly less energy than PCs (factor 2)".1 Obviously when you add production, transport and disposal costs, thin clients win hands down. Thin and ultra-thin clients don't yet meet the average hacker or gamer's desktop needs, but for most enterprise uses, the advantages are becoming clearer every day. You can find a pdf report on the full study here.

1The study appeared to overlook the fact that typical enterprise use of desktop PCs also requires a server.

Article resubmitted to correct spelling in title, article and permalink. Thanks Rudi!

Comments:

Wow, seems we should get the "Eco" powers to be @ Sun to fund a like Sun Ray Study. Thanks for finding this.

Posted by ThinGuy on May 29, 2007 at 02:39 PM GMT+00:00 #

I agree. A few of us have done back-of-the envelope estimates of Sun Ray eco friendliness and it looks good, but a proper study would be great. I only found this one by accident while searching for something else.

Posted by bnitz on May 30, 2007 at 05:03 AM GMT+00:00 #

Brian, "Hopefully SUN Microelectronics efforts will solve this issue."

Posted by William R. Walling on May 30, 2007 at 11:17 AM GMT+00:00 #

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