This Earth Day, consider new routes to sustainability with HPE GreenLake

APRIL 22, 2022 • BLOG POST • KEITH WHITE, SVP & GM OF HPE GREENLAKE CLOUD SERVICES

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IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Sustainability awareness is on the rise on corporate and IT agendas
  • Sustainability makes good business sense, and it’s a natural partner for digital transformation programs
  • HPE GreenLake cloud services help customers address the key causes of inefficiencies while executing an efficient hybrid multi-cloud delivery model, delivering many of the sustainability benefits commonly associated with the public cloud, such as decreased energy use and dematerialization of infrastructure, through an as-a-service consumption model

It’s time for a greener IT. HPE GreenLake can help businesses demonstrate their commitment to this increasingly important set of goals

Sustainability awareness is on the rise on corporate and IT agendas. The signs are everywhere. Customers, investors, employees, and a broad range of other stakeholders are increasingly factoring sustainability into their decision-making. In March, the SEC proposed a new rule to include climate-related disclosures in their filings, a move that will surely result in more CIOs being drawn into boardroom discussions around sustainability.1 Customer expectations are another big influence; IT organizations play an increasingly important role in environmental, governance and social (ESG) programs designed to meet those expectations and capture the share of budgets being committed to sustainable and ethical IT solutions. 

Sustainability makes good business sense, and it’s a natural partner for digital transformation programs. In fact, companies that link digital and sustainable transformation are 2.5 times more likely to be among tomorrow’s strongest-performing businesses than those that do not, according to data reported by the World Economic Forum.2

What can individual IT organizations do to take a stand for sustainability in a way that advances key business goals?

Energy stars and zombie killers

State-of-the-art equipment can greatly improve energy usage. But like any major infrastructure upgrade, moving toward an ecofriendly data center can represent a considerable investment. Business leaders and IT decision-makers may hesitate to move forward, given the upfront costs.   The public cloud is an option, and may offer some sustainability benefits, but is typically not the right solution for businesses with stringent data governance policies, low latency requirements, or the entangled applications that are typical of traditional IT.

HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform brings the cloud experience to customers’ applications and data, wherever they reside – in a data center, in a colocation, or at the edge. HPE GreenLake cloud services help customers address the key causes of inefficiencies while executing an efficient hybrid multi-cloud delivery model, delivering many of the sustainability benefits commonly associated with the public cloud, such as decreased energy use and dematerialization of infrastructure, through an as-a-service consumption model.

It’s a pay-per-use, self-service that’s easy to scale up or down that we manage to for our customers. We have found that our customers can access the latest energy-efficient gear without procurement delays and high initial expenses.

HPE GreenLake platform applies metering technologies that enable customers to match their workloads and capacity needs closely to their consumption. They can eliminate both wasteful overprovisioning and the risks of under-provisioning. They solve the problem of ‘zombie’ servers that consume resources without any significant business purpose or adequate visibility. HPE modelling indicates that customers transitioning to HPE GreenLake from traditional capex models can achieve a more than 30 percent reduction in energy costs 3.

In addition, because this is an as-a-service approach, HPE is able to manage the asset lifecycle for customers under our industry-leading circular economy programs.

The colocation super-power

A great way to amplify the sustainability benefits of HPE GreenLake cloud services is to combine them with a colocation strategy. As blogger Angelo Tirri has pointed out, “major colocation providers invest in new, energy-efficient data centers with free-air cooling and ultra-efficient power utilization to constantly improve their power usage effectiveness … HPE GreenLake with colocation enables you to leverage energy-efficient, low-carbon-footprint data centers from selected colocation providers.”

Global data center provider Digital Realty is our latest colocation partner. In June, we announced an agreement to enable HPE GreenLake customers to run any HPE GreenLake service with colocation across Digital Realty’s 280-plus data centers on six continents. Customers benefit from world-class business and cloud adjacency, as well as a seamless experience with one agreement and invoice, together with integrated service management.

It’s time for a greener IT. HPE GreenLake can help businesses demonstrate their commitment to this increasingly important set of goals and mandates and meet the rising expectations of customers, employees, and investors.

To learn more, view this infographic:

Driving sustainability with the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform


 

1 https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2022-46

2 World Economic Forum: Bridging Digital and Environmental Goals: A Framework for Business Action

3 Energy Cost Savings of HPE GreenLake versus Traditional CAPEX Purchase Methodology reference guide

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