Users 'confused' about green IT

Computer users are reportedly becoming increasingly confused about the range of issues and potential solutions surrounding the issue of environmentally-friendly IT.

According to technology research firm Gartner, users should take a three-stage approach to the matter.

It advises users to split the concept of green IT into three parts, taking on immediate, mid-term and long-term issues separately.

Potential solutions range from modelling and monitoring software and server efficiency which can be conducted right away, to data centre recycling, carbon trading and other future initiatives.

Rakesh Kumar, research vice president at Gartner, said: "The IT industry is saturated with green IT talk."

He added that with much hype around the concept, many users are left confused about how they should invest their time and money to make a difference.

In February 2008, the Green Grid published new information to help IT managers assess data centre in order to improve efficiency.

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