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Saving the world, one step at a time

I saw a post on the Rackspace blog today which got me thinking (yes, we do read the competition’s blogs!)

They’re making this big thing about how “The Cloud” is saving the environment, and to be true they are right … it is in fact one of the things we’ve been proud of here at Fido with our VPS solutions – something we’ve been offering since 2005 – before anyone had even heard of “The Cloud”.


It got me thinking that we’re just not doing enough to promote what we do ourselves, mainly because we take it all for granted … well we’re going to try and change that as obviously a lot of the stuff we do isn’t all that obvious!

Things like

  • only emailing invoices.  This saves an amazing amount of paper, as well as electricity which in turn reduces carbon output.
  • virtual servers everywhere!  Again, massively reduced carbon footprint as a result
  • Green servers with ultra low power requirements.  Every year we upgrade and replace older servers with those that offer more processing power whilst consuming less electrical power and generate less heat, again reducing the carbon impact our business has on the world.

Every day we continue to investigate new ways of operating Greener Data Centers and lowering the impact we have on the world around us.  Everything from walking or cycling to work, using the train instead of driving and turning lights off when they’re not needed.  Little things, but every bit helps!

What are you doing to help?  Have you considered replacing your power hungry server with one of our lean green virtual machines?

Fido.Net’s team of experienced engineers and management have been working in the internet industry since its inception in the UK back in 1992. Jon Morby, the founder and owner of Fido.Net originally started in IT as far back as 1982, and was one of the UK (and Europe’s) main importers of both email and echomail for the fidonet network of amateur bulletin boards, running the Internet gateway from 1985 through to 1994. Jon Morby - founder of Fido.Net. Although enjoying a successful career in Stock Broking working out of the Birmingham Stock Exchange, Jon felt the real future was in the Internet; and after some persuasion by Demon’s then Managing Director Cliff Stanford, Jon joined Demon Internet Ltd, initially responsible for their Birmingham Point of Presence (PoP) from 1993 to 1995 and then moving to London to supervise Demon’s growing technical support team. By the time Jon finally left Demon in January 2000 he was their Advanced Technologies Manager responsible for managing the development and implementation of the next generation systems which Scottish Telecom (now Thus PLC) and Demon would be rolling out over the next 3-5 years – a far cry from his original days running a support desk of 5 staff! Fido.Net’s senior staff have had a grounding in the Internet with the majority of them having worked for ISP’s such as Demon Internet, EasyNet and other main stream UK Service Providers, as well as some of the first large Internet Portals (including online trading experts The Interactive Investor, and the not so successful

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