with data centers With only about 1% of global electricity demand, IT departments have a significant impact on achieving their organization’s sustainability goals.
However, reducing the amount of energy used to run workloads and business processes requires intelligent automation, deep visibility, minimization of shadow IT, and optimization of CI/CD pipelines.
The State of FinOps 2021 report states that the biggest challenge faced by 39% of financial operations professionals is that engineers must take action when cloud inefficiencies are identified. This inaction means that a lot of money and energy is wasted.
IT departments can significantly reduce energy consumption by taking advantage of intelligent automation and resource management. With an advanced automated alert and visualization system, developers and other stakeholders in the organization can always be informed about the impact of decisions made throughout the day on the environment.
Multi-cloud architectures will continue to grow in size and complexity, but the amount of carbon needed to power them should not.
For example, if a developer provides a public cloud resource and a less power-hungry option is available, they may receive a notification informing them of the issue and suggesting a green alternative.
Such a system can also use built-in rails to automatically disable idle resources that are no longer in use, such as zombie virtual machines, running development environments, and resources that are used at night and on weekends. If you don’t have to manually chase people to remind them to close things or check new commitments with a spreadsheet, less energy is wasted and less carbon is burned.
The lack of information about optimizing multi-cloud environments with multiple devices and realizing their benefits is one of the most pressing problems.
Major cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and GCP provide visualization tools as well as tools to help companies measure carbon consumption. However, these tools are cloud-based, which means they only work with that provider’s products and services.