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SAP Green IT Community – A year-end retrospective

It’s new year’s eve, and sitting at my desk in my house here in Sunnyvale, CA i am writing today about Green IT and the SAP Green IT Community and all activities we had with customers and partners in 2009 around these topics.


The SAP Green IT Community was established at the SAP Virtualization Week 2009 ( by Citrix, Colgate, EMC, F5, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lockheed Martin, NetApp, Novell, SAP, Sun, T-Systems and VMware. Deloitte and Dow Chemical joined later as member #15 and $16. After we had our inaugural meeting in April we met again at SAPPHIRE in Orlando where the community decided which topics should be worked on for the upcoming months. Out of ten topics (e.g. Instrumenting the IT infrastructure, sizing updates, Energy impacts of application topology, just to name a few) the community voted for the two major objectives/goals for 2009:


  • Green IT Solution Framework (Identify key IT processes relevant to Green IT – based on ITIL – and prioritize)
  • How to measure Green IT (Develop “value-per-energy” metrics for applications and IT components)

Immediately SAP started to work to develop, together with partner companies in the community and driven by the customer companies, an ITIL based solution framework for Green IT. The first overall approach looked like this (top level hierarchy):


 SAP Green IT Solution Framework


After a series of review rounds and a final agreement by the community members the solution framework was officially announced and published at SAP TechEd 2009 in Phoenix; it’s currently available on EcoHub via, and will be extended with more partner solutions in 2010. Stay tuned for this.


‘How to measure Green IT’ was another exciting topic the SAP Green IT Community worked on in 2009. As you can imagine all partner companies being active in the SAP Green IT community already have green measuring products/technologies/solutions in their portfolio, so there was no need to reinvent the wheel, and as a start we asked the partners to provide documentation about their Green IT strategy:


As you can see these white papers, articles and videos cover many different aspects from datacenter power and cooling over virtualization and cloud computing to carbon management. To show the big picture and to bring all these topics into relationship to eachother for SAP customer is the goal of the SAP Green IT community.


If you want to learn more aboure the community or even are interested to join us in 2010 don’t hesitate to send an email to


Having said (or written) that i want to close this blog and enjoy new year’s eve 2009. I am looking forward to a successful 2010.


Have a happy new year, Roland.

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      Happy New Year to you too Roland.  More and more consumers will drive the sustainability market by demanding low carbon products.  Looking forward to continuing the support to turn carbon footprint confusion to footprint awareness.