Sustainable IT management with GreenOps

Soon, all Conclusion Enablement clients will be able to see the CO2 footprint of their IT landscape in a dashboard. How can this GreenOps service help clients in their own sustainability strategy?

April 25th, 2024   |   Blog   |   By: Conclusion


GreenOps: Sustainable IT management initiative by Conclusion's experts for reducing CO2 footprint.

Why GreenOps? 

In part because of the explosion of energy prices in 2022, organisations have become conscious of the amount of electricity their IT environment consumes. For a number of clients, sustainability was also prominently placed on their management agenda, and has now accelerated as a result. 

Marcel: “In the past, we often thought: let’s make the infrastructure as robust and redundant as possible. Then we definitely won’t run any risk with availability and performance. Now companies are saying: let’s also see what we can do to reduce energy consumption. How much computing power, storage and network facilities do we need to organise our digital services? Instead of: this is our peak, and we base the required resources on that.” Of course, effective spending of IT budgets is also plays a role in the background. 

And this new way of looking at things is necessary, because the IT industry has now overtaken aviation as the sector with the highest CO2 emissions. There are two things you can do. You can write the software’s code as efficiently as possible (Sustainability by Design) and you can think more carefully about how and where you run that software. The two disciplines meet in the question of where the software will run: on dedicated servers, in a private cloud, or in the public cloud?

The workplace also has a role in energy consumption. Of course, this is set up to optimise consumption as much as possible, considering things like screen brightness, use of Flash, and choosing the right times for charging. These are small steps that can also have substantial impact as the landscape expands. We will present a blog about this element soon. 

GreenOps service is a dashboard with accumulated data that companies can use to prepare part of their CSRD reporting

Marcel Stangenberger

What makes GreenOps so complex? 

It is no easy task to make decision about infrastructure that are aimed at reducing energy consumption on one hand, but do not have an impact on availability and performance on the other. “It’s a balancing act,” says Marcel. “To make the right choices, you have to calculate how much capacity you need at what time. Once you know that, there are mechanisms that can help provide the right capacity at the right time, and with that also scale it down when you don’t need the capacity. That way, you adapt your footprint and your emissions to the moment, and consume less at the bottom line. You can then optimise this further by determining which workloads you can shift in time (to times when the sun is shining, the wind is blowing and/or when other energy consumption is very low), and which workloads need to be done in real time.” 

Understanding energy use is one thing, but translating it into CO2 emissions is quite another, Jeroen realises. “The region where a particular service is running makes quite a difference. If that region runs largely on green power, your emissions are lower than if the bulk of the energy is grey.”  

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CloudCast: Green green Ops, blue blue skies 

As we have said, GreenOps is a balancing act. It takes time to perfect that act. How do you become green, greener, greenest? Marcel Stangenberger explains in Conclusion Enablement’s CloudCast what to consider when you want to go greener with IT. 

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