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Open Letter to UK’s Prime Minister Regarding Green IT Stimulus Plan

by on Jun.25, 2009, under Storage

Open Letter to UKs Prime Minister Regarding Green IT Stimulus Plan

The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street

June 24, 2009

Dear Prime Minister:

Compellent welcomes, in principle, the Global Action Plan’s call on Central Government
for a £1 billion IT stimulus package that will lead to smarter, more environmentally
efficient, higher quality public services.

The recession has clearly forced public and private organisations to look harder at
technology investments, especially anything labelled as ‘green’ or ‘environmentally
efficient’ IT. Organisations have had to move quickly to cull any fuzzy, nice-to-have
green IT options. Only green IT that clearly delivers greater efficiencies, with
measureable and sustainable cost-benefits, can make a real difference.
Most of the greatest recent innovations in true technology efficiency, for example server
and storage virtualisation, have sprung from agile, fast-growing companies, none of
whom has been offered a public role with the Global Action Plan. Instead, it’s the usual
IT behemoths with very limited direct claims, or indeed incentives, to offer truly efficient
IT, who have put themselves at the head of the line for any state funds.

Subsequently, there is a very grave risk that any stimulus package will be put to highly
inefficient use, depriving British public sector organisations of the best technology
options while extending the deployment of ageing, inefficient and power-hungry IT
solutions. Much of any stimulus payment, which comes from the taxpayers, will therefore
be wasted.

We call on the Global Action Plan and the British government to think very deeply about
how any stimulus can be put to best use, based on proven best-practice examples that cite
true efficiency in terms of delivering more in terms of a solution, while using less
hardware and less energy to deliver it.

The digital future of Britain requires a forward-thinking infrastructure based on today’s
technology, not yesterday’s. Such an approach has already been proven to deliver more,
but cost less, a concept that the tax-burdened British public will appreciate and

The nation has had its fill of political cosiness and gross fiscal irresponsibility. This
could be an opportunity to start putting things right.


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