Low-footprint computers and sustainable IT

If someone was to ask you which one of the primary changes or trends in technology has been since it has begun to modernise, your answer would certainly include the decreasing size and efficiency of hardware devices. Compact, fast and sustainable is the new game in every business and industry today, IT is no different.


The reason why low-footprint and small form factor computers have become so important in the contemporary business world is that you want technology to be as integrated as possible and not overly obtrusive. These systems take up minimums space on your desk, quiet in operation, require less power, have high portability and are also much more efficient due to recent developments in the technology and computing domain.

Intel NUC

Take the Intel NUC units, for example, this palm-size rectangular small form factor PC is equipped with all the power you need to run an operating system on the network. It is also made to be compatible with the likes of the VESA mounts, ensuring a clean and tidy installation with minimum cable mess. You can place it on your desk where it would sit nonchalantly, or you can mount it on a monitor where it would go by undetected due to its small size that does not compromise its functionality, efficiency, or power. In fact, it may just be one of the high performing small systems out there.


Humans have had an undeniable impact on the environment, in many cases, not a good impact. The advent of technology has been one of the major factors that have been putting our environment at risk which is why it is necessary for developing as well as developed nations and the businesses that work within them to invest in sustainable technology so maximum efficiency can be extracted with minimum environmental determinants being induced. This includes encouraging the use of tech that is smaller in size and with recycling in mind.

If devices are smaller, then it would be cheaper to recycle as the costs are led by weight and size. On top of that, highly modular devices with low power consumption are known to be more reliable leading to longer warranties and less need for replacements.

Of course, there is a question of adoption, initial capital costs and other factors but once demand is high, the productions costs will get cheaper and everybody can benefit from the result. The technology is already here.

Intel Compute Stick

Another great example is the Intel Compute Stick powered by the Intel Core M processor that, despite being the size of a USB DOK, has the capability to turn any HDMI monitor into a full-fledged and fully functional computer, any TV into a smart TV or media centre, which can save you money and allow further use of your existing devices. The results; money saving for you and less technology waste.

Another advice, go paperless. Most businesses today don't really need to use paper as much as they do. Everything can be done digitally today and the results are much more efficient anyway. If that's not the case then review your operations, many tools can substitute the use of paper. Even the major banks and financial institutions already opted in for paperless communications.

We would like to hear more of your ideas on that subject. Please feel free to tell us about your innovative approach and we can all learn from it.