ITW Heartland Implementing Green IT with SAN

December 2008 – In accordance with ITW Heartland’s 14001 registration and corresponding Environmental Policy, ITW Heartland continues to implement new processes and technology to “reduce, reuse, recycle, and comply”. ITW Heartland recently purchased a SAN (storage area network) to replace a legacy server to save energy costs and minimize the physical hardware and the hazardous materials associated with that system. The decision will lead to lower hardware costs in the future and reduce time for server administration.
Modern information systems rely upon a complex mix of people, networks and hardware; as such, a green computing initiative involves using computer resources to address increasingly sophisticated problems, with a low impact approach. The goals are similar to green chemistry; reduce the use of hazardous materials, maximize energy efficiency during the product’s lifetime, and promote recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and factory waste.
In addition to “going green”, the change also meets the need outlined in ITW Heartland’s Disaster Recovery Plan, allowing for immediate failover of applications and files to provide uninterrupted service to ITW customers.

About ITW Heartland

ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

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