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Energy Efficiency Extends to Your Network: Choosing a switch with power-saving features can save you money and protect the environment

Small businesses in the U.S. spend more than $60 billion annually on energy, according to Energy Star, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Although there are many steps you can take to reduce your company’s power consumption, have you considered building energy efficiency into your network?

Whether you’re just starting to build your small business network or expanding it to accommodate your growing company, a “green” switch can help save money on your utility bill as well as contribute to a cleaner environment. Here are some features to consider when shopping for an energy-efficient switch:

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Cisco’s Green Stripes

This week is “Climate Week” and Cisco is showing its “green” stripes in exciting new ways, demonstrating how networking technology can transform how the world manages our energy and environmental challenges.

Going into the week, Cisco was psyched to support our innovation partner, the X PRIZE Foundation in announcing the winners of the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.  It was amazing to see that the cars of the future -- which get at least 100 mpg -- could be here today!  These vehicles, many of which are electric, show what’s possible with some ingenuity and passion… not to mention a $10million kitty. 

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Cisco Data Center 2011: Texas Is Hot!

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the period January through July 2010 as the warmest on record for average global land and ocean temperatures.  In August 2010, a piece of Greenland broke off and formed a floating ice island four times the size of Manhattan.  With IT organizations around the world focused on the challenges of protecting the environment and reducing costs associated with power and cooling, why would Cisco choose a notoriously warm area such as Texas to build a new, planet-friendly data center?

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Mobile Business: Green in Many Ways!

The rapid growth in mobile broadband traffic has made the mobile industry “green” in more ways than one! The pace of innovation and the rapid enhancements to the consumer experience are dizzying. But on Earth Day, I think it’s important that we also recognize Mobility’s contribution to protecting the environment. Thanks to mobile technologies, more people than ever are able to connect in environmentally sensitive ways. Mobile technologies enable rapid broadband network deployments that require little construction or environmental disruption. And those networks enable business and consumer interactions that formerly would have required extensive travel and significant greenhouse gas emissions.
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