Information technology is an integral part of the daily
teaching, research, and business life of the University. It is also
a consumer of energy and a catalyst for promoting the efficient
utilization of energy through innovation and environmental
stewardship. Programs like iprint@ub and desktop virtualization
allow UBIT to conserve energy and reduce waste.
- Green IT: Efforts are focused on reducing the impact of
Information Technology assets on UB’s carbon footprint and
energy consumption by implementing new energy efficient
technologies, strategic replacement of old equipment, and new
acquisitions which line up to support UB’s climate action
plan. This includes improving the operational efficiency of
the university’s data centers through implementation of new
cooling technologies and the installation of environmental
monitoring systems that optimize data center operation.
Server virtualization is arguably the most effective transformative
technology of the last decade. By combining the work of
multiple independent servers onto one physical server, remarkable
savings in energy and space can be achieved. Virtualization can
further conserve space and energy on campus by reducing the need
for multiple datacenters and instead locate the virtualized servers
in a single high efficiency datacenter. In addition, video
conferencing software available at the end user’s desktop or
mobile device further reduces the impact on the environment by
cutting down on inter campus travel.
For a stimulating exploration into
these issues developed at UB, see Guercio et
al,“Implementing Green Technologies and Practices
in a High Performance Computing Center” where UB was able
to increase its computing power by a factor of ten while
simultaneously reducing its energy consumption by 20%.