Toxics, EOL Management Among Five Green IT Trends: Report

Toxics, EOL Management Among Five Green IT Trends: Report

Infrastructure and operations professionals should expect -- and be prepared for -- the growing prominence of green IT practices this year, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

In its recently released "Five Green IT Trends That Will Impact the IT Infrastructure and Operations Professional," Forrester cautions that IT managers take proactive measures now to address tomorrow's growing environmental concerns.

Forrester identifies five green trends that will have an impact on data centers. Energy efficiency, for instance, will receive additional scrutiny from within the sector and beyond, partly due to the disconnect between finance departments and IT operations.

Expect sourcing and procurement teams to continue making green demands on suppliers, the report said. Sourcing executives will likely have a large role in ensuring that suppliers meet these requirements.

CIOs are turning to service providers to help them meet their green goals; Forrester expects the green IT service market to expand to $1.75 billion by 2010.

End-of-life management of IT equipment is continuing to grow in importance, Forrester said. Don't be surprised to see green business initiatives stretch beyond the data center to other parts of you company.

The report, which is available online for $279, also gives IT professionals advice to address the growing wave of environmental concern before it becomes overwhelming, such as learning more about current energy consumption in order to take steps to lower it.