Although many executives place green IT initiatives on the top of their priority lists, they are not doing enough to reduce IT energy consumption, according to a poll released this week by IT research and advisory firm Gartner.

The survey found that, among infrastructure and operations executives, green IT issues are at the "top of the agenda," with 68 percent of respondents indicating that data centre energy management is their most important green IT issue for the next 18 months. However, just 7 percent of respondents consider green procurement and pushing vendors to create more energy efficient solutions.

In addition, not enough respondents are using monitoring, modelling, measuring and other metric techniques to assess their energy consumption and data center constraints.

"This finding is further affirmed in client conversations which reveal that, although the green IT and data centre energy issue has been on the agenda for some time now, many managers feel that they have to deal with more immediate concerns," said Rakesh Kumar, research vice president at Gartner.

To help managers pursue green IT initiatives without sacrificing time and cost than can be dedicated to "more immediate concerns," many experts advise outsourcing IT on some level, whether it be a single service such as network management or the entire infrastructure management.

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