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August 12, 2009

Computacenter and 1E link up for green drive

Leaving PCs on costs UK firms £300m a year

By Steve Evans

IT services provider Computacenter and 1E, a vendor of IT cost reduction services, have joined forces to enable companies to be more environmentally friendly.

1E’s 2009 PC Energy Report UK claims that businesses will spend nearly £300m powering PCs when they are not needed during 2009, resulting in 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions – about the same impact as 245,000 cars.

The report claimed that powering down a PC at the end of the workday can reduce power consumption by 80%, but only 27% of UK workers do so. This compares favourably with the US, where that figure is just 10%.

If a UK business with 10,000 computers leaves them on all night for one year, it will cost £168,000 and emit 828 tonnes of CO2, the report estimates.

The deal will see Computacenter offer a number of 1E’s services to organisations across the world: 1E WakeUp, which enables companies to power up PCs remotely for updates and software upgrades; NightWatchman, a software that offers centralised control of a PCs power function so IT departments can power down a PC at the end of the day; Shopping, a software platform that can automate the request, approve, license and deliver cycle and is said to reduce the cost of licensing management and control; and Nomad Enterprise, a network optimisation platform.

“I’m delighted that we’re going to be working with Computacenter moving forward as this partnership will address some very real concerns in businesses today. More than 60% of employees believe their companies should do more to reduce power consumption and Computacenter will help us drive this change in business,” said Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E.

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