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ICT company campuses must be carbon free, says Natarajan

Principal Correspondent, Sakal Times, 13 April 2012

PUNE: The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies must strive for carbon free campuses using innovative technology solutions, Zensar Technologies’ Vice Chairman and CEO Ganesh Natarajan said, on Thursday.

“The ICT industry is playing a transformational role in the way businesses, customers and citizens are serviced, and leading the way in establishing a new paradigm for knowledge and services led economy. Making the industry eco-friendly through a combination of IT solutions is essential,” Natarajan said.

He was speaking at a seminar on ‘My City – Lets make it Green’, by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), in association with NASSCOM Foundation, AMDOCS, Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce Industries and Agriculture, Software Exporters’ Association of Pune, and Greenscape Eco Management.

“The biggest development taking place in the corporate sector is the shift from the traditional practice of having large number of servers, to just one consolidated server,” Natarajan said.

The data could be saved in one consolidated data centre and eventually the company could opt for cloud computing facility which provides data storage in a remote server managed by a third party.

“This way, the company saves on infrastructure cost, energy cost in terms of running the servers and spending on the chillers to keep them cool. At least 40 per cent of energy savings can take place this way. Also, managing end-of-life of ICT equipment must be treated as a moral business responsibility,” he said.

NASSCOM Foundation CEO Rita Soni said, through campaigns like the BiG Bridge Program, the foundation has engaged citizens as well as corporate partners to consider the effective management of e-waste.

“The campaign is aimed at creating awareness amongst employees of the IT industry and promotes appropriate recycling of e-waste through NASSCOM’s e-Waste Collection Drive, which started on March 26. Twelve companies have already registered for the drive and bins have been placed in all the 12 towers in Magarpatta City,” she said.