within the next decade.
The solution, according to Sirius Corporation, is a move away from the
BECTA frameworks to leaner hardware and ‘virtualised’ network services.
Traditional ‘fat-client’ workstations should be replaced by low-power ‘thin-client’ terminals. With flat screens and server consolidation power consumption could be reduced even further.
Mark Taylor, CEO at Sirius Corporation said:
We realised that the computing model promoted by BECTA’s frameworks is creating a massive energy-sink.
Most school’s PCs spend their time idle. The hardware specified is just too powerful for the tasks required of school children. They’re like an SUV for every child.
The hardware requirements to run Windows Vista means these consumption figures will rise even futher.
Schools are using computers as room heaters which then need to be cooled
using expensive air conditioning.
Modern thin-client networks could reverse this trend and are available from the Open Source community and vendors of proprietary software today. You’ve got ask yourself why schools aren’t deploying them?