IT Infrastructure Vendors Move From Sustainability Basics to Multivendor Sustainability Tracking
IT infrastructure vendors are moving beyond table stakes sustainability services around asset recycling to more sophisticated offerings that help IT organizations achieve specific goals, such as allocating workloads to optimize emissions or electricity consumption.
These offerings will provide significant value to organizations that seek better control over their company’s carbon footprint; however, TBR believes the ability to track sustainability across multivendor tech stacks versus a single brand will ultimately provide greater value to users.
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HPE and Pure Storage Pioneer Sustainability Integration in IT Infrastructure Consumption Services
IT infrastructure-focused sustainability services are evolving to include consultative services on optimizing energy consumption and emissions and, perhaps more importantly, leveraging the management platforms built for “as a Service” solutions to enable new modules focused on analyzing and optimizing infrastructure usage. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Pure Storage were the first among their infrastructure peers to announce sustainability integrations into their management platforms.
Pure Storage is using the Energy Savings Visualizer and sustainability assessment tools in its Pure1 platform to offer an energy efficiency SLA for its Storage as a Service (STaaS) offering, Evergreen//One. This SLA provides service credits and remediation services if the watts per tebibyte exceed the guaranteed level.
HPE has released a preview of the HPE GreenLake sustainability dashboard, which monitors energy consumption, carbon emissions and electricity costs to generate analysis on infrastructure optimization. HPE also reported that it will leverage its OpsRamp acquisition to expand the sustainability dashboard to include the management of multivendor infrastructure, which TBR believes will be a significant value-add and make the sustainability tools more actionable by enabling them to track the energy consumption of non-HPE hardware.
Although Lenovo TruScale’s infrastructure metering was built on measuring power consumption, the company has yet to announce specific sustainability capabilities based on these features. Lenovo’s initial sustainability capabilities have been broader than those of TruScale in scope, such as purchasable carbon credits derived from Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) utilization in the transport of its products. Similarly, Dell Technologies’ APEX console has yet to announce capabilities for optimizing infrastructure usage relative to emissions.