A recent Forrester Research survey discovered many companies are investing in green-energy products and services to reduce their expenses.

Although only a quarter of surveyed companies have a dedicated green IT budget, the survey found nearly 75 percent of respondents are purchasing sustainable products to make their infrastructures and data centers more energy-efficient.

The most rapid green-energy trend is the move from traditional desktop software to SaaS.
Nearly 70 percent of respondents are currently transitioning from in-office hardware to software that can be accessed through the internet.

Sixteen percent of respondents plan to invest in server virtualization and consolidation later this year, while 6 percent expect to invest in the technology in 2011.

The report signals the growth and acceptance of SaaS and cloud computing services, which are sustainable practices that can help businesses reduce their long-term energy expenses. By outsourcing servers to a cloud provider, companies can save money they would normally have spent on maintaining in-house servers.

The IT sector has been the leader in the green energy movement, according to a recent Regus survey, which found 42 percent of companies in the field have invested in new technologies to reduce their carbon footprint.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19914858-ADNFCR