Earth Day 2021 is a timely reminder that companies, as the world’s citizens, must be responsible for environmental protection. HPE GreenLake can help IT departments support increasingly ambitious business goals.

Earth Day is almost here, coming on April 22nd, and I was a little surprised to hear that the event is now over fifty years old! The first was held in April 1970. It is only in the last decade, however, that IT operations have really fallen into environmental calculations.

There is no doubt that data centers have a significant impact on CO2 emissions. An impressive study by Berkeley Lab in 2016 estimated that U.S. data centers accounted for about 1.8% of the country’s electricity consumption in 2014.1 A study by the International Energy Agency in 2020 found that data centers account for about 1% of global electricity demand.2 Interestingly, the IEA states that “if current trends in equipment and server center infrastructure efficiency can be maintained, global server center energy demand could remain virtually unchanged by 2022 despite a 60 percent increase in demand for services.”

There really is no room for complacency, even though the Internet continues around the world, media streaming is growing rapidly and 5G is arriving. Businesses are increasingly realizing that being a responsible global citizen means taking action to reduce the environmental impact of IT. It means doing sustainable business while still competing effectively in the marketplace. And CIOs are asked to document their progress towards these goals.

Green Transfer: HPE GreenLake

Here’s an effective sustainability strategy you may not have thought of: delivered on-site infrastructure as a service. Flagship pay-per-use offer, HPE GreenLake, applies HPE measurement technologies to closely match the consumption of IT resources to your business needs, reducing much of the waste from traditional on-site operations. With this cloud services We will install the HPE infrastructure on your site or location, the capacity appropriate for your business, and will charge you based on the information you use.

We help you keep track of usage, and you can easily increase capacity up or down as needed. In addition, you get a unified view of usage, cost-effectiveness, and compliance throughout your IT property HPE GreenLake Central, our self – service platform. We design, install and support the solution for you.

HPE GreenLake can reduce its environmental impact by enabling:

1. Remove the overload. Most companies regularly buy more computing and storage capacity than they need (See this last post: Overfeeding costs a lot more than you think). It’s an old-fashioned practice in information technology, but it’s expensive and wasteful. A Forrester’s study of the overall financial impact of HPE GreenLake found that customers achieve TCO savings of 30% due to the need for oversupply. HPE modeling shows that companies can reduce their energy costs by more than 30% by moving to an HPE GreenLake solution compared to traditional investment models.

The as a service approach is an effective way to meet the ongoing challenge of server decentralization and underutilized IT resources. It can help reduce the physical footprint of your infrastructure as well as the environmental footprint and CO2 emissions associated with the manufacture of IT equipment.

2. Reduce energy consumption. Over-provisioning goes hand in hand with low utilization, which is another common symptom of inefficient information technology. Industry-wide utilization rates are still being assessed3 about 25%. By improving utilization rates and avoiding the need for overweight, HPE GreenLake can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your IT property.

With HPE GreenLake calculationFor example, you can achieve more calculation with less energy. HPE servers are equipped with HPE Integrated Lights Out (iLO) technology, intelligent equipment always in use, thermal control and dynamic power-off technology. When consumed through service delivery models, HPE ProLiant DL360 and DL380 the servers produce 3 times the energy efficiency achieved by approximately 7 times the performance increase to 2 times the power increase. HPE Synergy 480 servers deliver 2.8- to 3.3-fold energy efficiency, achieved with a 7-fold increase in performance with 2.1- to 2.5-fold energy consumption.

We can help you achieve even higher levels of energy efficiency if you choose our managed service offerings, HPE GreenLake Management Services. Our experts monitor, manage, and optimize your infrastructure and applications remotely and identify potential improvements to your data center, often equal to or exceeding the energy efficiency of public cloud service providers in both cloud and non-cloud environments.

3. Optimize asset management. We take the burden of IT lifecycle management out of your hands while making sure you get the latest, energy-efficient technology. With all of our HPE GreenLake cloud services, HPE retains ownership of the devices. When you no longer use it, we can ensure that it is responsibly refurbished and does not become electronic waste. In fact, if you choose, we can also configure your HPE GreenLake solution with pre-equipped gears. HPE’s IT asset lifecycle solutions are a big step toward creating truly circulating IT operations.

In general, it is useful to think of a two-pronged strategy for more sustainable information technology: to choose the most efficient products and use them most effectively. HPE’s Environmental Design program ensures that we are the best choice for the first part. For example, we just learned that HPE has become the first vendor whose servers have been awarded sustainability certification by TCO Certified, a global sustainability certification for IT products. “Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the first brand whose servers meet strict criteria for TCO certification for server center products,” the organization’s press release said.4 HPE GreenLake is your best ally in your dual strategy with another participant, using a “pay-as-you-go” approach to a more efficient, effective, and flexible infrastructure.

Smoothing the energy curve

Here’s another thing to consider: HPE GreenLake can help you take advantage investment sustainability benefits service providers. These companies implement very ambitious environmental programs and provide regular reports that customers can use for their own reporting. (See this last post: The perfect duo to simplify IT and increase sustainability: Colocation and as a service infrastructure). HPE recently announced that we have strengthened our partnerships with colocation leaders CyrusOne and Equinix.

Whether it’s the colo of choice or an on-site data center, every business can play a role in protecting the environment while reducing IT costs by maintaining and improving the efficiency of their IT infrastructure, as I mentioned earlier in the IEA report. With the right strategies and technologies, companies can continue to deliver the digital services that customers – and the world – need, while helping to smooth the global energy demand curve.

Click on the image below to see infographic an overview of the sustainability benefits of HPE GreenLake, some eye-opening statistics.


Learn more HPE GreenLake Cloud Services, a cloud that comes wherever your apps and data live.

1. U.S. Data Center Energy Usage Report, 2016

2. Server centers and server center transmission networks, 2020

3. Outside PUE: wasting IT in terawatts, Uptime Institute, 2020

4. The first servers for data centers certified for sustainability, TCO certified, 2021

Don Randall
Hewlett Packard Enterprise



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