Quick Hits from EL

A couple of quick items of note from Environmental Leader over the last week.

First, Thin Clients Trump PCs On Energy Consumption provides some real-world data on the energy advantages of thin client architectures. We've seen benefits in management overhead and security also, but more and more companies are exploring the energy benefits and getting results. I often find that people aren't aware of our thin client SunRay products or virtual desktop offerings, but these savings are real, so check 'em out if you haven't already done so.

Second, Alliance For Climate Protection Launches $300M Marketing Push talks about the launch of the new program by the Alliance for Climate Protection, and their new website wecansolveit.org. $300M for advertising to raise awareness? Man, that's a lot of money. I really find it hard to believe that's the most effective thing we can do today for the environment with $300M, but, hey, its not my dough so who am I to say.

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Is a marketing push in the offing to make the public/business community more aware of the SunRay? A fabulous product needs some equal exposure ...

Posted by doba on April 02, 2008 at 01:46 AM EDT #

This is a rather unscientific collection of data (I think I threw away the old sheets of paper when I last moved), but I was one of the first 100 Sun employees to receive a Sun Ray appliance to use from home, sometime in 2002 or 2003. The first model came with a Cisco hardware router to connect to my "Desktop" (home directory) in the Sun data center in Colorado. Before the "WAN Ray" as we called it back then in the vernacular, I had used a home computer with a VPN client to connect when needed.

For a little experiment I turned off the home computer (I used to leave it plugged in and running all the time, 24/7 basically) for a month and used the new Sun Ray exclusively.

I was very surprised to find that my electricity bill from the provider that month dropped by ~25%. I've always wanted to re-test and think about a way to reproduce the scenario at scale to come up with some numbers, but my position and my work load and so on have never afforded me the time. I've always thought it would be a really simple test and could easily demonstrate compelling evidence - above and beyond the normally obvious benefits of thin clients - to support a feasibility study for any corporate entity considering a switch.

Posted by brent zionic on April 15, 2008 at 04:20 AM EDT #

Hey thanks for the great blog, I love this stuff. I don’t usually do much for Earth Day but with everyone going green these days, I thought I’d try to find some ways to make my lifestyle a little more "green".

I am trying to find easy, simple things I can do to help stop global warming (I don’t plan on buying a hybrid). Has anyone seen that www.EarthLab.com is promoting their Earth Day (month) challenge, with the goal to get 1 million people to take their carbon footprint test in April? I took the test, it was easy and only took me about 2 minutes and I am planning on lowering my score with some of their tips.

I am looking for more easy fun stuff to do. If you know of any other sites worth my time let me know.

Posted by Adrian on April 21, 2008 at 09:32 AM EDT #

Thanks for infos.

Posted by Yemek Oyunları on May 16, 2008 at 11:37 PM EDT #

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