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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ask.com, Dell Partner For A Better Planet

Ask.com® , a leading search engine and wholly owned business of IAC , and Dell today announced collaborative efforts to help protect the environment with custom, energy-efficient servers and the planting of thousands of trees to offset carbon emissions.

Ask.com and Dell's Data Center Solutions Division (DCS) have developed an environmentally friendly plan that includes a combination of hardware and services to further Ask.com's data center efficiencies. Specifically, the project provides a comprehensive computing architecture, including custom energy-efficient servers manufactured by Dell. Ask.com has found the new servers use 30 percent less power without compromising computing performance.

Additionally, Ask.com is the first corporate customer to participate in Dell's "Plant a Tree for Me" program, which makes it easy for individuals and organizations to offset carbon emissions associated with electricity generated to power computer equipment. Dell partners with The Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that plant trees in managed reforestation projects to sequester carbon. Through its participation in the program, Ask.com will facilitate the planting of thousands of trees.

"Ask.com continues to minimize, reduce and offset carbon emissions in efforts to protect the environment," said Chuck Geiger, executive vice president, technology and engineering at Ask.com. "By partnering with Dell on multiple green initiatives and ensuring that our new server facility in Eastern Washington uses hydro-power and less energy, we are pleased to be using less and giving back more."

"Dell is committed to working with our customers to provide solutions that help simplify information technology and maximize data center efficiencies," said Forrest Norrod, Dell vice president, DCS. "Dell achieves this through customizing products and services to drive even greater energy savings, which in turn help to lower emissions. Dell strives to be the greenest IT company on the planet and we commend Ask.com for its commitment to energy efficiency and helping protect the environment we all share."

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