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Sprint Goes Green IT, Reducing Carbon Emissions and Operating Costs
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April 27, 2009

Sprint Goes Green IT, Reducing Carbon Emissions and Operating Costs

By Calvin Azuri
TMCnet Contributor

Sprint, a provider of wireless and wireline communications services, recently announced it had conducted an internal audit of its Information Technology (IT) operations in an effort to control data center growth and remove IT redundancies. The audit created economic and environmental gains for the company.

Sprint (News - Alert) stated it had managed to reduce about $20 million in operational costs, reducing the company’s IT carbon footprint by 10,450 metric tons. A report based on a study conducted by Forrester (News - Alert) Research explains the Sprint’s internal audit and its findings during the 11 month process.
The report from Forrester analyzes both the economic and environmental results of the company’s’ investment via the internal audit of IT operations. Sprint closed down underutilized applications, eliminated servers or redeployed others and free data center capacity in an effort to cut maintenance and support costs. These changes resulted in decreased carbon emissions and a lesser power consumption.
“We believe this case study shows that an internal review of business operations can achieve a ‘win-win’ for both the environment and any organization’s IT operations,” said Josh Morton, vice president of IT operations for Sprint. “By turning inward to examine where we could cut costs and improve efficiencies, we increased Sprint’s ability to redirect our IT budget toward strategic initiatives and innovation and away from maintenance and support, while also benefiting the environment.”
The audit conducted by Sprint managed to reduce the company’s expenditure by $20 million, by eliminating 127 nonessential applications. The audit also resulted in reclaiming $28 million of company funds by dropping or re-launching 2,239 servers and reclaiming 291,042 gigabytes of storage. This resulted in cutting down on the requirements for expansion and extra storage space and made it unnecessary to bring in new servers. Sprint has thereby managed to avoid a need to build a new data center facility, by merely redeploying existing servers and reclaiming storage. The audit also cut carbon emissions bringing the company closer to achieving its 2017 goal of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15 percent.
“It outlines the business case for greening IT operations and offers proof points that any business executive challenged by rising IT operations costs can put into practice,” Morton added.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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