This is the second blog in a series that will cover the most pressing challenges, opportunities, best practices, and first steps for organizations on their path towards green IT. Check out the first blog, Four Roadblocks to Green IT, here.
Leading IT organizations play an active role in supporting the business to achieve their sustainability goals. Most organizations have set ambitious targets around becoming carbon neutral or carbon negative over the next few years – which will have cascading implications for CIOs and their IT organizations. Here are three actions your IT org can implement today to get started on the journey to carbon neutrality.
Establish a Baseline to Set Realistic Goals
To set realistic goals, IT should establish a foundation for what their carbon footprint looks like today – from there, teams can identify where the biggest opportunities for improvement are. One starting point is to look at utilization metrics – especially considering that most data centers are wildly underutilized. Establish a baseline for important metrics like server utilization, cloud utilization, and capacity, so that you can identify areas where you can decrease waste without compromising application performance. Understand what your applications need to run – no more, no less.
Technology can accelerate sustainability initiatives – it is critical that IT is at the table alongside other sustainability leaders like the CEO, CSO, and CFO. This step will better position IT to communicate exactly how their efforts can support the business and the sustainability goals that have been set.
Gain the Right Visibility
According to IDC*, by 2025, 75% of organizations will deploy software tools to monitor utilization on-premises, in the cloud, or at edge locations to improve utilization metrics that reduce energy costs and improve sustainability. Given the increasing complexity and scale of IT environments, full-stack visibility is a requirement for successfully managing modern operations. Gaining this level of visibility into how your applications get the resources they need to perform – without overprovisioning – is a critical step to take. Whether your apps live on-premises, on the cloud, or in containers – IT should have a view of their entire environment to determine where there are opportunities to reduce waste.
Turbonomic stitches your business-critical applications to the underlying supply of infrastructure resources – our software understands the resource relationships and interdependencies at every layer of the application stack. Visit our Sustainable IT resource page to learn more about how our full-stack visibility enables us to make trustworthy resourcing actions so that apps consume exactly what they need, when they need it.
Eliminate Waste Through Optimization
Organizations are turning to the public cloud and cloud-native technologies to unlock the benefits of scaling and elasticity – but sustainability can be an added reward as well. By migrating to the public cloud, organizations can leverage economies of scale and consumption-based models to run their applications more efficiently. This doesn’t come without its own set of challenges, though – AI and automation are required to maximize the benefits that cloud platforms offer, as well as optimize the applications still running on-premises. Only when customers can successfully automate suspension, deletion, scaling, and reservation management, can they fully maximize the benefits – and sustainability gains – from their technology investments.
With Turbonomic, customers benefit from optimization that continuously automates resourcing to prevent performance risks and cost overruns. Through a commissioned Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study, Forrester Consulting projected that Turbonomic Application Resource Management customers reduced their cloud and data center consumption by 30% within 6 months, significantly improving long-term energy consumption profiles.
For an in-depth guide geared towards IT executives, download the whitepaper: IT Best Practices for Accelerating the Journey to Carbon Neutrality.
*Source: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Sustainability 2022 Predictions, Oct 2021, Doc # US48300021. An IDC subscription is required to view this research.