Software For A Greener World
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The Tivoli Pulse 2008 conference kicked off over the weekend in Orlando, Florida.
In attendance are over 4,000 of IBM's closest Tivoli, Maximo, and Netcool devotees, along with IBM partners, industry analysts, and IBM technical experts discussing the latest and greatest in service management.
Oh yeah -- and Hootie and the Blowfish are playing.
While Hootie and his fish tune up for their Tivoli Pulse sound check, IBM Software's Steve Mills and Tivoli's Al Zollar made an announcement on the ground earlier in Orlando that ought to help you turn the thermostat up in your own data center and soon.
This new and comprehensive strategy introduces a broad set of capabilities to help businesses achieve their green goals, and is built around existing and new IBM software and services, along with support from leading providers of facilities management technologies designed to help customers optimize and improve their energy efficiency.
Earlier this month, you may remember that IBM launched its Big Green initiative, whereby IBM is committing $1B U.S. per year to deliver technologies that help customers increase the level of energy efficiency in their data centers.
IBM "Software for a Greener World" is an expansion of Project Big Green and includes new and existing offerings that help organizations optimize their infrastructure, workloads and people for increased energy efficiency.
Key capabilities being announced include new products and enhancements to IBM's software family, including Tivoli's monitoring and Maximo Asset Management solutions.
IBM is also producing self-assessment tools to help organizations quickly identify green starting points as well as support through services and guides to help jump start their own green projects.
This emerging need for energy efficient software is driven by a number of factors:
Energy costs (with oil per barrel rising to new and never-before-seen heights); government regulations, which are requiring companies to reduce carbon emissions and water usage; the need for increased virtual collaboration in progressively more globalized enterprises; and data centers, which often run into power and capacity cooling limits.
The IBM software strategy focuses on three key areas where software can play a key role: the use of online tools such as collaboration to reduce the necessity of travel (many thousands of we IBMers now practice this one, with folks like myself not having regularly driven to an office for 5+ years); workloads and the efficiencies gained by improved business processes and automation to increase power efficiency and infrastructure maintenance; and redesign to consolidated and virtualized IT that can help better monitor energy usage and shift resources accordingly based on demand.
People, workload, infrastructure.
Focusing on these three areas alone can go a long way towards taking the blues out of going green.
Learn more in the ibm.com feature story on green software here, or download the new whitepaper on how IBM Software can help get your organization on its journey to a greener world.