Open Source’s Green Claims

“The combination of free software from the likes of Linux and
GNU with virtualisation–which maximises computing efficiency–is a
compelling proposition. It offers lower costs, flexibility and
greater efficiency, plus environmental benefits

“Bogamil Balkansky, chief of product marketing at VMWare, the
leading virtualisation vendor, agrees that vitualisation is
inherently green. ‘It helps shrink the physical footprint and the
energy footprint,’ he says. ‘For every application running
virtually, the data centre saves about 7,000 kilowatt-hours a

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