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Desktop Virtualization and Eco-Friendly Computing
We can't live without PCs, so let’s learn how to live with them in a way that makes them friendlier to the environment. Currently, PC’s consume far too much electricity and generate too much e-waste to be considered an Eco-friendly solution by today’s standards. With a typical PC taking approximately 110 watts to run, and with well over 1 billion of them on the planet, it’s easy to understand what the Silicon Valley Toxics Commission is saying about e-waste is being the fastest growing part of the waste stream.
The Global Impact of Billions of PCs
How many computers are actually in use? According to a report by Forrester Research, by the end of 2008, there were over one billion PCs in use worldwide. As PC adoption grows globally, it is estimated that there will be more than two billion PCs in use by 2015. It took 27 years to reach one billion but will only take 7 more years to double that number. With this trend, something needs to change.
If NComputing systems were used at a ratio of 6 NComputing devices to each PC:
- Energy use would decline by over 143 billion kilowatt hours per year
- CO2 emissions would decrease by 114 million metric tons. That’s like planting 550 million trees!
- E-waste would be reduced by 7.9 million metric tons
Green Computing is the Future
The benefits of green computing are clear. As the number of PCs approaches 2 Billion by 2015, the potential savings related to energy use , CO2 emissions and e-waste are undeniable.
The Solution is Simple and Efficient
Today's PCs are so powerful that we no longer need one PC per person. We can tap into the excess power in one PC and share it with many users. NComputing thin client devices use just 1 to 5 watts, last for a decade, and generate just a few ounces of e-waste. Not only is this a simple solution to a complex problem, the efficiencies achieved using this technology are amazing. NComputing solutions save 75% on hardware, and since they draw less than 5 watts of power, you can reduce your energy footprint by as much as 90% per user. NComputing thin client devices produce practically no heat, reducing the need for energy-consuming air conditioning. Electricity savings alone can pay for the NComputing virtual desktops in as little as one year.