MSPAlliance Further Describes Green IT Certification

The MSPAlliance this week offered more details about its new Green IT Certification strategy. According to the association's Website, MSPs must take the following steps (and potentially other steps) to achieve the green IT certification:

  • Must be an accredited member of the MSPA
  • Must be in good standing with the MSPA and abide by the MSPA code of ethics
  • 50% of clients must be managed remotely
  • On-site remediation services not to exceed 10% of total services revenue
  • 50% of trouble tickets performed remotely
  • Proof of server and/or desktop virtualization implementations
  • Data center power saving best practices
    • Alternative energy sources
    • Server virtualization
    • Adoption of alternative data center cooling practices
  • Must be able to demonstrate adoption of energy saving practices at client sites

Other Options?

Meanwhile, CompTIA (the Computing Technology Industry Association) is exploring some green IT certification efforts.

And The Uptime Institute, which focuses on proper data center design, has been preaching green IT since at least 2004 (the organization's leaders spoke at a few CIO events I moderated). The Uptime Institute plans to host a Lean, Clean and Green symposium April 13-16, 2009 in New York.

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