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How to green your data centers and save money

Rebecca Merrett | April 7, 2014
SAP's global CIO, Björn Goerke, talks about different tools and techniques he is using to green the cloud provider's data centres worldwide and drive down power costs. The large enterprise software company wants to run its 16 data centres worldwide on 100 per cent renewable energy.

"We have an interesting project going on internally at SAP with our internal health organisation. We are thinking about how employees work in a healthy work environment, how they can adjust their chairs and desks to stand and not only sit, etc. And one of the things we are looking at is providing people with those [health] bands."

He says encouraging employees to better their health through wearable health bands would not only benefit the employer but also the company as better well-being can be linked to better work productivity.

"I was discussing with one CIO in South Africa a few weeks ago who is in the mining industry, and he says he might look into using wearables for people working underground in mines to know what's their health condition, how hot is it in there, the worker's body temperature, their heart rate, and so on to see if they have a health problem.

"The problem being that the devices are not yet ready. In the mineshaft it's difficult to get wireless connectivity. So technology wise, it is still very, very early."


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