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Since the advent of the Year 2000 brouhaha and, more vitally, the
importance that this played in boosting channel coffers, there has been
a chasm in the IT sector.

No new technology has been "killer app"-enough to replace the sheer
amount of dollars that the phenomenon eight years ago did.  But
while the industry may still be recovering from the overhype of the Y2K
debacle, this does not mean that hype around technology is a bad thing.
Afterall, where would Britney Spears be without the hype she envelops
herself in or where would most of the blockbuster movies be without
their hype-driven campaigns? 

And the latest hyped-up epic in the tech sector?  Green
IT.  When environmentally friendly technology first reared its
head, probably around the same time as Mr. Gore released his first
feature film, it was swiped at by many in the channel as simply another
band wagon, and that users would never buy technology based on its
environmental credentials.  But since then it’s become much more
of a convenient truth for the channel, as just two years later sers are
recognizing that not only does implementing green IT help them with
their corporate and social responsibility strategies, but it saves them

Click here for some green ideas VARs can take to their customers. 

However, if VARs just see green IT as all hype and no trousers, as
it were, then not only will they have missed the boat to new customers
and new deals, but it’s likely they will continue missing it in the
future.  There is more to green than simply just money–even if
that is the door opener for most VARs. Governments around the globe are
focusing more and more attention on their carbon emissions, and as part
of this focus they are beginning to legislate businesses accordingly to
help them hit their reduction targets.  Vendors are increasing
their green product portfolios and will be on the look-out for VARs
that are at minimum green IT-aware to join their channel program, and
more than likely incentivize VARs accordingly.

Not only that, but according to a study from Allianz, 71 percent of
venture capital companies saw green technology as a “buy” option, and
in this economic climate, having an environment element to your
business could help get that much-needed cash injection from a VC

Additional research from both Gartner and IDC touted green IT as one
of the top 10 things for 2008, and indeed, IDC’s Green IT study found
that half the respondents said they look at green IT credentials when
choosing a supplier and 80 percent of executives said green IT is a
growing importance for their organization.

Saving the planet is unlikely to be at the top of any CIO
agenda.  However, saving money is, and with the onslaught of
virtualization, server consolidation, cooler processing,
videoconferencing and a plethora of other technologies now hyped as
Green on the market, VARs have enough reason to revisit their customers
and offer them a solution that reduces both costs and carbon.