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Computer-Sharing Project to Save Brazilian Schools 80% in Power

userfulUsing its desktop-sharing software, which allows up to 10 desktops to run from one computer, Userful and ThinNetworks have been selected to supply 356,800 virtualized desktops to schools in all of Brazil’s 5,560 municipalities

As compared to a traditional PC-per-workstation solution, the project will save the Brazilian government about 60 percent in up-front costs, and 80 percent in annual power savings, according to a news release. It also will save in excess of 170,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, the same as taking 28,000 cars off the road, or planting 41,000 acres of trees, according to the release.

The PC sharing hardware and software will cost less than $50 per seat, according to Userful.

In the United States, the University of Michigan last March started a campus-wide green effort to reduce IT-related electricity emissions by 10 percent, saving the school $500,000 a year.

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