As one of Green Options resident geeks (I claim to be the highest ranked) I naturally tend to drift towards the more technological stories. This one had me perplexed for a moment however, but only for a moment. One of the leading virtual private network companies, Columbitech, have managed to create the industry’s first environmentally friendly VPN program.
Many of you will be familiar with VPN as the way that you log on to your office network when you’re not at your office. A VPN provides secure access to all those documents and emails that you desperately need when you’re out visiting a client or, more likely, having lunch.
But how can something like this, which is essentially just a glorified application, be environmentally friendly?
We have to take a step back, to just what is happening when, for example, you log on to your VPN using your Blackberry or whatever device you are friendlier with. Consider when you buy your device, one of the things you look for is battery life. For example, the new iPhone 3G has 300 hours of standby time, 24 hours of audio time, and something like 7 hours of talk time.
Making a device such as this environmentally friendly is a two part solution; a) make it out of nice environmentally friendly materials and b) make it so that the battery won’t die out on you really quickly, because when the battery dies, there goes a battery in to the waste.
So Columbitech has combined these points and will now be providing a VPN solution that does all you need a VPN to do, as well as make minimal stresses on the battery.
Columbitech’s mobile VPN requires 40% less battery power than your traditional VPN, thus enabling your device to run for a much longer time. Not only will this expand the life of your battery, but it will increase the length of time you will have to recharge, also making it more energy efficient.
“Columbitech is strongly committed to improving the quality of our environment,” said Lars Resenius, CEO of Columbitech. “Our mobile VPN offers a win-win solution for companies looking to go green with their IT needs. It benefits both the environment and a business’ bottom line – conserving an incredible amount of energy in the day-to-day IT needs while guaranteeing full security and improving overall efficiency.”
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