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Inefficient desktop PCs cost top UK businesses more than £61m each year

Research shows that blade PC technology can cut energy costs by 50%

Published: 9th November 2007, London Galileo Connect, the global pioneer of the pre-designed data centre, and hurleypalmerflatt, a leading multi-disciplinary consultancy firm, have today announced that blade PC technology and the modular data centre are the answers in the fight against UK businesses' soaring energy costs and over-sized carbon footprint.

Research by the Carbon Trust has shown that fifteen percent of the UK's total energy consumption is taken up by office items such as photocopiers, printers, desktop PCs and monitors and this is expected to rise to as much as 30% by the year 2020. New research from Galileo Connect and hurleypalmerflatt shows that the deployment of blade PC technology can have a favourable impact on organisations' carbon footprints, corporate image and soaring energy costs. The relocation of the PC from the desktop to a controlled environment such as a data centre can save time, energy and expenditure enabling a 50% reduction in annual power expenditure.

"Our research shows that the UK's top 200 businesses are wasting more than £61m in electricity each year, simply by not maximising the efficiency of desktop computers," commented Robert Thorogood, director, hurleypalmerflatt. "The cost of this to the environment is immense. Answers are out there, and inaction is no longer an option."

"Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to be addressed," added Julian King, Chief Executive, Galileo Connect. "But rather than just accepting that IT is a inevitable contributor to businesses' carbon footprint, CIOs can make decisions that play a major part in reducing carbon emissions and energy costs.

There are a number of innovative, cost-effective and exciting solutions, which can be adopted and should form a part of suture strategies."