With data centers alone consume around 1% of global electricity demandIT departments have a significant influence on their organization’s sustainability goals.
However, significantly reducing the amount of energy used to run workloads and business processes, requiring intelligent automation, deep visibility, IT shadow reduction, and CI/CD pipeline optimization .
The State of FinOps 2021 The report revealed that 39% of the number one problem for financial operations professionals is asking engineers to take action when cloud inefficiencies are identified. This inaction means a lot of money and energy is being wasted unnecessarily.
IT departments can significantly reduce electricity usage by leveraging intelligent automation and resource management. With an advanced, automated visualization and warning system, developers and other organizational stakeholders can stay informed about the environmental impact of the decisions they make throughout the day. .
Multi-cloud architectures will continue to grow in size and complexity, but the amount of carbon needed to power them doesn’t have to be.
For example, if a developer is making a public cloud resource available and has a lower power option available, they may receive a warning message about the issue and suggest a greener option.
Such a system could also take advantage of built-in railings to automatically shut down idle resources that are no longer in use, such as zombie virtual machines, neglected development environments, and still-active resources. overnight and weekend. When you don’t have to manually chase people to remind them to turn things off or check reports with spreadsheets, less energy is wasted and less carbon is burned.
The lack of visibility is one of the most pressing challenges in optimizing mutlicloud, multitool environments and truly realizing their benefits.
The major cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and GCP provide visualization tools, and they even offer tools that allow businesses to measure carbon usage. However, these tools are cloud-native, which means they only work on that provider’s products and services.