Green IT initiative

Computing Services are constantly looking at ways to reduce energy consumption and to minimise the impact of IT on the environment. At the current time (July 2017) the following initiatives are in place:

  • Virtualised servers (this means fitting many servers into one physical box) which reduces power consumptions significantly
  • Use of ‘solid state’ disk drives rather than spinning disks in the SAN (Storage Area Network), servers and new staff and student PCs
  • Use of cloud to host some of our systems off-site which have a lower power cost due to greener facilities
  • 15 minute  timeouts on staff and student computer screens to turn off monitors
  • Ethical disposal of computer kit to a company that recycles as much as possible
  • Rolling programme of purchase of low power consumption all-in-one computers – already installed in parts of the Library and the Oastler Building