The University of Minnesota's Office of Information Technology (OIT) was highlighted in a Baseline Magazine feature on energy efficiency in technology.
"Building an Energy-Efficient IT Infrastructure" touches on many facets of energy-efficient IT infrastructures. The University is included under the "Power Play" section, which addresses the issue that one-third to one-half of overall IT costs are the result of energy consumption and that lifetime energy costs will soon exceed the cost of servers.
The article states, "The University of Minnesota understands this issue and is sold on the concept of system monitoring. Pete Bartz, assistant director of the Office of Information Technology at the 51,000-plus student institution, says the IT organization manages 80,000 ports and more than 50,000 endpoints. By automating network management and policies through Microsoft Active Directory and Entuity’s Eye of the Storm, IT is able to switch off about 25,000 devices each night, netting annual savings of more than $1.4 million.
The IT office also developed energy profiles for various departments and can monitor energy pull via a green dashboard. All of this is saving additional sums that run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, Bartz says."
Baseline Magazine was established in 2001 and edited for senior IT and corporate management business leaders. It examines the financial aspects of IT deployment and the actual implementation of the IT infrastructure to support those financial metrics and provides in-depth analysis on case dissections, deployments, business strategy and the goals of specific technology implementations.