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Wyse Technology Launches EarthSmart Computing Initiative

Wyse Technology, a global leader in thin computing, today announced its EarthSmart Computing initiative. This green computing initiative aims to facilitate an ongoing dialogue with the company's customers, partners, suppliers, as well as US federal state and local government groups, about what can be done immediately to reduce energy consumption and e-waste in the computer industry.

"At Wyse, we're passionate about making our company a green computing champion, and we're committed to being a model for others in our industry," said Tarkan Maner, President and CEO for Wyse Technology. "This is just the first step, which will see thin computing play a more prominent role in creating a long-term sustainable energy solution for public and private enterprises worldwide."

For Wyse, the first step is to continue its efforts in developing and producing the world's greenest thin clients which have the smallest environmental footprint possible. The company's R&D efforts continue to focus on developing products which consume less power (less than any other PC or thin client), last longer than traditional PCs, have fewer parts to recycle and dispose, as well as meet the most stringent environmental standards including ISO 14001, ROHS certification and WEEE directive.

Thin computing is a key strategy for going "green" now

What most people don't know today is that thin clients, when coupled with modern servers, are more ecologically friendly than PCs alone, and far better than PCs with servers. Consider this example: 1,000 PC users versus the same 1,000 thin client users connected to a centralized server environment over a one year period. Taking into account the thin clients and servers, the thin client installation delivers the following environmental benefits over PCs*:
  • 90 percent less energy used each year (14,851 kW on TCs vs. 146,661 kW on PCs)
  • 131,810 fewer kilowatts used each year
  • $11,784 (U.S.) saved in energy costs per-year (national avg. of $0.0894 as of Dec. 2006)
  • 102 fewer tons of CO2 put into the environment each year.
This means for every 10 PCs replaced by thin clients, users will reduce one ton of CO2 from being generated into the environment. This example doesn't even factor in the additional air conditioning costs required to cool PCs, which also produces more CO2. In addition, thin clients produce 27 fewer tons of e-waste headed for the land fill after six years of use when compared to PCs. The end result is a dramatically lower carbon footprint and a technology solution which is truly environmentally friendly. This, however, is just the first step for Wyse EarthSmart Computing because the company will continue to spearhead thin client innovations which have a lower environmental impact including:
  • Developing thin clients which can take advantage of Power over Ethernet or PoE technology. By doing so, thin clients will no longer require a separate power outlet but rather use an Ethernet port for all energy use.
  • Work towards a "Zero-client computing" model. This means removing a layer of circuitry associated with storing a local operating system and applications that make up the functionality of the thin client. By doing so customers get a more energy efficient device with no local operating system or applications, yet capable of delivering a full PC experience to the user.
  • Establishing a network of green alliances such as Environmental Defense that help guide issues relating to product development.
"A big part of the solution to the problems of climate change and energy usage will be technological innovations," said David Yarnold, Executive Vice President for Environmental Defense. "It's going to take bold initiatives to lower CO2 emissions and e-waste. The challenge ahead is massive but innovation and technology are critical catalysts."

What customers are saying:

"Thin computing is so much more energy efficient on so many different levels," said Sean Colt, Director of Information Technology for Manteca Unified School District. "Thin computers consume about 90 percent less power than a PC and give off little to no heat which reduces air conditioning requirements. As energy costs continue to increase thin computing will play a vital role in keeping them in check."

"We chose Wyse because their thin clients could handle the rigors and dynamic demands of working in a hospital and clinic environment," said Bill Lazarus, AVP of IT Architecture and Security at St. Joseph Health System. "The fact that we will reduce power consumption by 25 percent makes selecting thin clients an easy decision."

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