When the Green Party of BC needed to improve their IT infrastructure, they weren’t just looking for a more reliable service provider — of course, reliability was a factor in their decision — but also a company that shared their environmentally friendly values.
Enter Atum, a Toronto-based server hosting company that prides itself on its environmental record. Atum uses virtual servers to cut down on its environmental footprint. Virtual servers combine the capabilities of up to 35 dedicated, autonomous server onto one powerful physical server. Environmental benefits of virtual servers include less power usage, less manufacturing of difficult-to-recycle servers and less server infrastructure requirements (e.g. less air conditioning for server rooms). By combining 35 physical servers into a single virtual server, companies can cut down on their greenhouse gas footprint by up to four tons.
As well, Atum has a proprietary electronics recycling program and will even buy clients’ old servers for reuse or recycling in house. These efforts made Atum one of four finalists for Canada’s Greenest IT in 2010.
For more info about Atum, visit their website here.