The theme of this issue, “Green Computing,” is especially important and timely: As computing becomes increasingly pervasive, the energy consumption attributable to computing is climbing, despite the clarion call to action to reduce consumption and reverse greenhouse effects. At the same time, the rising cost of energy — due to regulatory measures enforcing a “true cost” of energy coupled with scarcity as finite natural resources are rapidly being diminished — is refocusing IT leaders on efficiency and total cost of ownership, particularly in the context of the world-wide financial crisis.
We are pleased to have Lewis Curtis, Principal Architect on the Microsoft Platform Architecture Team, as our subject matter expert on this topic and co-editor for this issue. In the first article, Lewis provides a holistic approach to greener architectures, and he also helped us subdivide the topic in five perspectives:
Now and in the future, green computing will be a key challenge for businesses and presents a leadership opportunity for all architects. It is an exciting time to be an architect. Celebrating the relaunch of the Architect MVP (Most Valuable Professional) program, we interviewed Udi Dahan (Architect MVP for four years now) in our Architecture Journal Profile.
We hope you enjoy these thoughtful articles on green computing. We invite you to visit the Microsoft Environmental Sustainability portal at http://www.microsoft.com/environment/, and as always, we welcome your feedback at email@example.com.
Environmentally Sustainable Infrastructure Design
A comprehensive understanding of environmental sustainability needs for IT infrastructure system design.
Green Maturity Model for Virtualization
The authors present a study on the maturity of virtualization practices and offer a sustainability roadmap for organizations planning a green agenda.
Application Patterns for Green IT
A complete analysis on power-efficient applications design, considering tools that help the architect achieve scalability without deriving in energy waste.
Architecture Journal Profile: Udi Dahan
For this issue’s interview, we catch up with Udi Dahan, noted expert on SOA and .NET development, and four-time Microsoft MVP.
Profiling Energy Usage for Efficient Consumption
This article suggests that tracking energy consumption at every level will become the factor of success for green architecture practitioners.
Project Genome: Wireless Sensor Network for Data Center Cooling
Learn about a research project on an interesting adaptive cooling technique.
Green IT in Practice: SQL Server Consolidation in Microsoft IT
This Microsoft IT case study offers useful guidelines for effective resource consolidation for environmental sustainability.
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