One of the nicest things about getting a new computer is starting fresh, a computer uncluttered with accumulated files and a roomy hard drive or SSD. The computer is just that much faster. Well two researchers from Johns Hopkins have released a paper calling for a traditional green approach—reduce , reuse, recycle, recover and dispose—be applied to digital waste. It’s no secret that at the server level, legacy applications and massive amounts of data, can slow down processing and deplete physical storage. There’s a tremendous focus on the hardware side of energy efficient servers, but the other side of the coin is developing a software platform and IT maintenance protocols that will reduce the server workload. It could make a real contribution to the reduction of energy costs.