GREEN READS: Part 7 - Green IT

Dispatch from the SSC Team

This series of "green reads" provides a snapshot into the most important books in sustainability.  We've divided them up into categories -- be sure to check out the whole series!

And now, part seven...all about your Green IT.

Green IT: Reduce Your Information System's Environmental Impact While Adding to the Bottom Line

Author: Toby Velte, Anthony Velte, Robert Eisenpeter (Pages 308)

This groundbreaking work offers a complete roadmap for integrating environmentally sound techniques and technologies into your Information Systems architecture. Green IT explains how to adopt a business-driven green initiative and provides a detailed implementation plan. You will find strategies for reducing power needs, procuring energy from alternative sources, utilizing virtualization technologies, and managing sustainable development. Case studies highlighting successful green IT projects at major organizations are included. Keep your IT department and your organization in the green--both environmentally and financially--with help from this comprehensive guide. 

Why we chose it: Toby J. Velte, Ph.D., is an internationally bestselling author of business technology articles and books. He is cofounder of Velte Publishing, Inc. Anthony T. Velte, CISSP, CISA, is cofounder of Velte Publishing Inc., and a bestselling author of a variety of technology books, including Cisco: A Beginners Guide and Microsoft Windows Vista Administration. Robert Elsenpeter is an award-winning journalist and author of a dozen technology books.

Published: September 2008

The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment

Author: John Lamb (Pages 352)

Drawing on leading-edge experience, John Lamb helps you realistically assess the business case for green IT, set priorities, and overcome the internal and external challenges to making it work. He offers proven solutions for issues ranging from organizational obstacles to executive motivation and discusses crucial issues ranging from utility rate incentives to metrics. Along the way, you’ll discover energy-saving opportunities—from virtualization and consolidation to cloud and grid computing—and solutions that will improve business flexibility as they reduce environmental impact.

Why we chose it: John Lamb is a Senior Technical Staff Member for IBM Global Business Services in Somers, New York. He is an IBM Senior Certified IT Architect, and he holds a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a senior member of the IEEE and ASME engineering societies. He has published more than 50 technical papers and articles and has coauthored four books, including Lotus Notes®  and Domino®  5: Scalable Network Design (McGraw-Hill, 1999) and IBM WebSphere® and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions (Prentice-Hall, 2004).

Published: May 2009

Foundation of Green IT: Consolidation, Virtualization, Efficiency, and ROI in the Data Center

Author: Marty Poniatowski (Pages 352)

In Foundations of Green IT, a team of leading Green IT consultants presents the detailed technical information data center professionals need to systematically identify the right improvements, implement them, maximize savings, and accurately calculate business value. Marty Poniatowski and his team present comprehensive case studies reflecting their unsurpassed Green IT experience, complete with detailed implementation diagrams and performance information. You’ll find independent, detailed coverage of solutions from HP, VMware, EMC, Cisco, and other leading vendors, with optimized sample designs and realistic ROI projections. Whether you’re a CIO or IT director, architect or administrator, if you want to improve IT efficiency, this is your definitive resource.

Why we chose it:
well-reviewed and written collaboratively by many CDI technical experts, led by Marty Poniatowski. CDI is an infrastructure services firm with practices focusing on virtualization, storage, networking, data center design, and other ”green” services. It has clients in all industries, notably financial services, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare.

Published: August 2009

Green Tech: How to Plan and Implement Sustainable IT Solutions

Author: Lawrence Webber, Michael Wallace (Pages 292)

With today's electronic systems consuming massive amounts of energy, and improper disposal of old equipment threatening to release dangerous toxicity into the atmosphere, any company whose IT department isn't actively working to shrink its carbon footprint isn't just hurting the is also probably wasting money. "Green Tech" provides readers with practical, easily implemented strategies for sustainable computing.

Why we chose it: Lawrence Webber (Columbus, OH) has over 30 years of IT experience in hardware and software, and is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional. He is a Senior Project Manager at Insight Corporation. Michael Wallace (Columbus, OH) is the Vice President of Application Engineer at Result Data. He has more than 25 years of experience in the information services field. It is well-reviewed by many leaders in IT

Published: July 2009