AT&T, Cisco to conduct global IT energy efficiency study for Shell

AT&T (NYSE: T) and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) have been tapped by Shell to help the oil and gas company get a better understanding of how energy efficient its global IT infrastructure is.

The two companies are tasked with calculating Shell's IT operations CO2 footprint in addition to mapping Shell's energy usage patterns. Shell will then take that information to create what it calls a "highly-efficient" IT network.

Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will manage a large portion of Shell's IT infrastructure and telecom services, while Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group will conduct IT infrastructure energy-consumption audit and make necessary recommendations.

Overall, the project is all about eliminating IT waste and redundancy that would occur in a company as large as Shell that's grown organically and through acquisition. Through the analysis, AT&T and Cisco will help Shell optimize underused systems, eliminate redundant equipment and reduce building space requirements.

Ultimately, Shell hopes it will be able to embed energy-efficient IT services into its global IT network, ensuring the consolidation and virtualization of servers and storage, data centers, and branch offices.

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