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Citrix and Industry Leaders Rally Government for National “Power IT Down Day”
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), the global leader in Application Delivery Infrastructure, today announced that its public sector division has joined with HP and Intel to encourage government and industry to show their commitment to responsible energy usage through a national Power IT Down Day on August 27.

The Power IT Down Day concept will reduce unnecessary power usage with one simple adjustment to the work habits of government and industry employees: on August 27, as people leave their workstations for the evening, they should power down their computers, monitors and printers instead of allowing these devices to sit idle. Across the government landscape, the benefit from this one simple action can be enormous.

The savings from avoiding unnecessary power to idle monitors, processors and peripherals is compelling, said Tom Simmons, area vice president, Citrix Federal. Turning off even one PC can make a difference.

Environmental leadership is good for business and good for the planet, said Tom Hempfield, vice president, U.S. Federal Business Organization, HP. As one of the largest technology companies in the world, we have significant industry influence, but we know we cannot do it alone. Together with our employees, we encourage others to join us in supporting Power IT Down Day to make progress industry-wide.

The benefits of powering IT down can reach beyond the Beltway and technology communities. According to a recent report from HP and Intel1, if PC users were to incorporate power management techniques, such as turning off their computers for the evening, energy cost savings could reach more than $80 billion. That dollar value is estimated to be equivalent to conserving almost 1.5 billion barrels of oil and providing more than 33 billion free lunches to school children.

Citrix is working with HP and Intel to underscore their commitment to Power IT Down Day by making a financial donation to the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area. The donation is intended as a tangible reminder of the money that could be saved and put to good use if government and industry do indeed power IT down on August 27.

In these difficult economic times, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area is committed to the conservation of needed energy. We must conserve resources in order to have the capacity to help those in desperate need of our services, said Joe Sciuto, senior director, Emergency and International Services, National Capital Area Chapter, American Red Cross. We extend special thanks to Citrix, HP and Intel for their initiative and for the donation of much-needed funds to the Red Cross.

Government and industry can visit www.hp.com/go/poweritdown to register for Power IT Down Day. Registrants will receive reminders to power IT down and will have access to additional information about energy conservation and the industry solutions that support a green government. The Web site will also have a counter that shows how many have committed to turning off their computers when their workday is completed.

Today, remote management technology enables IT departments to update computers even when theyre turned off, so increasingly theres no advantage to leaving computers on overnight, said Nigel Ballard, manager, Federal Marketing, Intel. Instead, the economic and ecological advantages of turning computers off are compelling.

Citrix, with HP and Intel, will also hold a virtual chief information officer roundtable called Green IT in Government, on August 12 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The panel will include executives from the U.S. General Services Administration and the state of Oregon, as well as Simon Crosby, chief technology officer for the Citrix Virtualization and Management Division. Attendees will learn about existing government green mandates and the solutions that can support both green initiatives and mission-critical activities without a compromise to performance. Those interested in the Webinar can sign up by visiting www.citrix.com/PowerITDown.

Published Monday, August 11, 2008 7:56 PM by David Marshall
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