Such a great move by University of Mumbai to introduce Green Computing as a Subject for F.Y. B.Sc. IT – Semester II! It is a really needed and innovative move.
All businesses are increasingly dependent on technology, and small business is no exception. We work on our PCs, notebooks and smart phones all day, connected to servers running 24/7. Because the technology refresh cycle is fast, these devices quickly become obsolete, and at some point, more often sooner than later, we dispose of old devices and replace them with new ones. We use massive quantities of paper and ink to print documents, many of which we promptly send to the circular file.
In the process, most businesses waste resources, in the form of energy, paper, money and time, resources we could invest to develop new products or services, or to hire and train employees. Even if we aren’t a tree hugger, it makes good business sense to green our IT environment and culture.
This book is an essence of ideas towards going green. Unit one of this book gives us the knowledge about the problems concerning with disposal of e-waste and its consequences on the environment. The unit also covers the information about globally available and most followed standards for going green.
Unit two addresses the issues related to power consuming as well as the energy cost associated with the cooling of computing devices. This unit gives a brief idea about the components involved and how effectively we can achieve cost saving without harming the environment.
Unit three of the book addresses the procedural aspects towards going green. It also gives the advantages and cost saving measures of going paperless.
Unit four addresses the recycling issues. It briefs about the standard procedures that are followed by the well-known countries for recycling of waste in proper way. This unit also addresses the hardware related part and mentions some of the effective selection and utilisation strategies that we can adopt in case of hardware.
Unit five gives an idea about how we can change the entire organization green. It discusses about the metrics we can adopt for the entire organization. The unit gives a brief idea about how to go green and how to maintain it.
At the end of this book, sample question paper is given for the student practice. Also, the 20 ideas for the projects that students have to undertake as a practical of this subject are also provided.
1. Overview and Issues
2. Initiatives and Standards
3. Minimizing Power Usage
5. Changing the Way of Work
6. Going Paperless
8. Hardware Considerations
9. Greening Your Information Systems
10. Staying Green
Green Computing Projects for Students
Sample Question Paper