MSPAlliance to Offer Green IT Program

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By Justin Lee, theWHIR.com

October 28, 2008 — MSPAlliance (www.mspalliance.com), the international association of managed service providers, announced on Tuesday it would unveil its Green IT Program for managed service providers at the upcoming Managed Services Summit, held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas from November 5 to 6.

The MSPA Green IT Program will promote environmentally friendly IT management practices as well as efficient uses of energy.

As part of its Managed Services Accreditation Program, this green IT certification will be based on key standards driven by several factors, including lowering power consumption in data centers and offices, increased use of remote management of IT services to cut carbon emissions, and other recognized green initiatives.

“The need for green IT has never been more evident, and the standards set by this new program will guide MSPs in delivering green IT services and reducing their own carbon footprint,” says Charles Weaver, president of MSPAlliance. “Today, every MSP has access to tools that deliver environmentally conscious services, however, there isn’t an industry standard for them to use as a guide to ensure proper stewardship of all resources. As the industry’s only accrediting body for MSPs, we are proud to address this glaring deficiency.”

According to the MSPA, MSPs in certain areas that adhere to these green standards could reduce their energy consumption by 35 percent to 75 percent, helping the companies and their end-users more effectively manage energy consumption.

While this may be the first set of standards developed specifically for MSPs, The Green Grid (www.thegreengrid.org) helps lower energy consumption among data centers worldwide.

The global organization is comprised of various companies that help provide industry wide recommendations and best practices on metrics and technologies that will improve energy efficiency in data centers around the world.

The MSPA will announce more details about the Green IT Program during the opening keynote address at the Las Vegas Managed Services Summit on November 5 (www.mspalliance.com/events).

With 7,000 members worldwide, the MSPA is the world’s largest professional association and accrediting body for the managed services industry. The organization develops a set of standards for MSPs and their clients to achieve green IT certification.

In September, the organization held the Chicago MSPAlliance Managed Services Summit at the city’s Navy Pier.

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