Environmental impact – How green is your I.T.?

During my previous working incarnation as Chief Information Officer, a lot of my work diversified from what many would classify as “normal I.T.”!

Now I have never been one for being labelled or typecast, so my achievements in working with partners and showcasing great technology outside the normal have always been a passion.  One case study found me working with Condusiv technologies, which you can read about here Condusiv_Licensed_Trade_Charity_Case_Study

Diskeeper and V-Locity are great products, both of which deal with fragmentation on completely different server technologies.

Now some companies thought that the advent of cloud-technologies would sound the death-knell of onsite servers and with it increase carbon-neutral credentials of organisations, the Microsoft sustainability calculator is one PowerBI tool to help calculate what this may look-like.

Microsoft sustainability calculator

 

Cloud Data Centres are growing and although reducing I.T. onsite or what is deemed as “Scope1 – directly under the control of an organisation”, is shifting the energy consumption into “Scope 3 – all other emissions”, which are not required to be reported upon, so in reality is not really a reduction, more shifting the responsibility.1

I have digressed!  The technologies that Condusiv provide help deal with the root cause of the problem, by optimising the workload of the servers or workstations be they physical or virtual.  In the practical case study, the measurable improvement on workload was over a quarter, so together with the sustainability calculator, you can provide real-world quantifiable analytics measured in total metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCO2e).

Approaching this from another I.T. perspective; the wireless network or WiFi is an element of I.T. that everyone requires, but they know little or care less about how it happens.  Our partners at Ekahau whose tools are exceptionally good at analysing and troubleshooting WiFi, provide a training methodology essentially to help optimise your WiFi signals, so they too use less power by getting the WiFi setup right.

It is not as simple as I made it sound, but a bad WiFi setup can waste so much energy.  Take for instance the environment; if the WiFi is not set up with surroundings it can react adversely, the signal either blocked or unable to reach its’ destination, so it has to repeat the signal transmission until it can get their or repeat so many times until it fails.  The same situation occurs with poor WiFi hardware set up or incorrect equipment, like the wrong aerials.

These three perspectives are some of what a good vCIO strategy from ALC can bring to any organisation, big or small.  Ascot London Consulting has built its’ knowledge around the care, focus and service provision of best practice and partners who can provide a better, greener, carbon-neutral future.

 

1 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0837-6