Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Thin Client Contract

With much of the Green IT news revolving around which PC is the most environmentally friendly, it's good to see some news about the alternative approach; thin client. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the US-based car hire company with operations in North America and Europe has announced that it will shortly complete a roll-out of a thin client terminals for its rental transaction system.

The company says that deploying the 45,000 terminals (connected to 743 terminal servers) will save nearly 1,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per branch office per year. There are 7,000 offices, so they estimate a saving of 6.5 million pounds per year in total.

The company quotes some comparisons I haven't seen before; thin client terminals use only 13.6 watt-hours of electricity (when active) compared with 77.1 for PCs (although whether the client figure includes the server energy element is not clear).

Enterprise is a member of The Green Grid, which is "dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems". HP helped develop the system.

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