Nixon Peabody: 300 physical servers were swapped for 30 VMware ESX servers
The IT team at this law firm, ranked No. 9, centralized its data center and even got lawyers to curb their paper habits.
Computerworld - Boston-based law firm Nixon Peabody has elevated its focus on sustainability to the highest corporate level. A chief sustainability officer and a Green Operations Steering Committee lead green initiatives throughout the organization, and IT spearheads and enables much of the work.
"It was pushed down, and we embraced it," says CIO Mike Green. "Like everything we do in the firm, with the environmental programs, we want to help."
To that end, the IT department has centralized the firm's data centers, consolidated its storage assets and virtualized its servers, going from 300 physical servers to 30 VMware ESX servers, all located in its primary data center. The effort cut power consumption by approximately 30%.
The firm's technology department also spent $30,000 to retrofit printers as part of its best practices for office paper management, converting nearly all printers to double-sided printing by default. Moreover, the firm encourages its employees to keep documents in an electronic form instead of printing them out. As a result, paper usage has dropped by 15%, saving an average of 120 cartons -- or 600,000 sheets -- of paper every month.
"It took time to communicate and get everyone comfortable with this," says Jim Passantino, director of local IT operations in Rochester, N.Y., and a member of the firm's Legally Green Team. But the firm's lawyers, whose jobs have traditionally focused on producing paper documents, were convinced by IT-driven metrics that showed the significant savings.
Meanwhile, the IT team is replacing old storage tools with new, high-efficiency systems, a move that is expected to cut storage-related power and cooling needs by an additional 25%, says John Roman, director of IT operations.
IT is also in the process of replacing more than 1,100 monitors with Energy Star-rated LCD units, which should cut monitor power consumption by 40%.
More Green-IT 2011
Read more about Data Center in Computerworld's Data Center Topic Center.
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- HP HAVEn: See the big picture in Big Data HP HAVEn is the industry's first comprehensive, scalable, open, and secure platform for Big Data. Enterprises are drowning in a sea of data...
- Piecing Together the Business Intelligence Puzzle Business intelligence (BI) technology collects and analyzes company data, delivering relevant information to corporate decision-makers in an effort to produce favorable outcomes.
- Harness IT -- An Introduction to Business Intelligence Solutions Learn the key selection criteria required to provide your organization with the capability to address structured data, unstructured data and mobile demands so...
- Business Intelligence Shows its Smarts Today's Business Intelligence (BI) tools provide a new way to think about data with self-service capabilities and user-friendly analytics that can be used...
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources...
- Testimonial: Cystic Fibrosis Trust Peter Hawkins, the Head of IT for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, discusses the role CommVault's Simpana software platform plays in improving the company's information... All Data Center White Papers | Webcasts