Friday, November 30, 2007

Climate Savers Launches Green Computer Catalog

Having trouble finding a new server or desktop PC that takes it easy on the juice and minimizes the impact on global warming? Then you might want to check out a new online product catalog launched this week by Climate Savers Computing Initiative that provides a list of IT equipment that meets the group's efficiency guidelines.

Climate Savers was created this summer by a consortium of vendors, including Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, with the goal of reducing computers' electricity consumption by 50 percent by 2010. It also hopes to encourage computer and component manufacturers to build products that meet new Energy Star energy efficiency guidelines.

Publishing the online catalog is a way to help IT equipment buyers become more aware of the green computing options on the market, according to Climate Savers. Currently, the catalog contains more than 300 compliant products, including servers, PCs, laptops, motherboards, power supplies, power supply components, and power management software.

The catalog includes Primergy servers from Fujitsu-Siemens, ProLiant servers from HP, a server from Quanta, the Taiwanese computer maker, and about 70 server configurations from Super Micro Computer, a computer maker based in San Jose, California.

"This new catalog showcases some of the energy efficient products available today so that individuals and IT departments can make smarter computing choices," says Matthew Guyer, director of corporate relations for the World Wildlife Fund, which is closely affiliated with Climate Savers.