A guide to driving digital sustainability in technical infrastructure

David McGuirk

16 June 2023

When I talk to CSOs and CIOs, it’s apparent that embracing sustainable practices in the digital realm can be challenging and overwhelming. Navigating the regulatory landscape has difficulties, as does setting sustainable goals and gathering and analysing data on your organisation’s digital footprint.

Once a baseline has been set, then what? How does an organisation do more with what they already have? Reducing energy consumption, elongating the life of assets, reducing costs and positively impacting their Scope 2 and 3 emissions along the way.

This step-by-step guide offers suggestions on how to drive digital sustainability, starting with the most important component of your technical infrastructure – the Data Center.

Together, we can drive digital sustainability and create a more environmentally responsible future. I have put together this short step-by-step guide for  CSOs, CIOs, Global Systems Integrators, Innovation Teams, and other key personas to navigate the challenges and take meaningful actions towards a sustainable digital transformation. Let’s embark on this journey together, turning pain into progress and fostering a greener digital landscape for generations to come.

Step 1. Regulatory compliance

Ensure regulatory compliance by effectively monitoring and reporting directives-driven metrics across your entire data center fleet.

Did you know?

Under the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), as of May 15th 2024, companies with data centers over 500kW will need to provide full disclosure and report on the following metrics for the preceding year. Eg this data needs to be tracked from May 15th this year!

Step 2. Baseline

Go inside the rack. Measurement at the device and asset level provides the granularity needed to make a tangible difference.

Did you know?

Via a single pane of glass, emissions data for each individual device (server, network and storage) can be aggregated for a specific client, business unit, application stack, hardware type, putting your teams firmly in control of driving digital sustainability across your organisation.

Step 3. Address inflationary and supply chain pressure

Use a reliability-centred approach for asset replacement and optimise investment timing.

Did you know?

Using Performance, Availability, Reliability, Capacity and Serviceability as the cornerstone metrics of asset replacement strategy, periodic refresh cycles can become a thing of the past.

Step 4. Reduce your IT Energy without impacting performance and throughput

Using a data-centric and predictive approach to CPU Power Management, ITE power consumption can be dramatically reduced without impacting QoS.

Did you know?

Intel has noted a 24% energy reduction with representative workload and 52%energy reduction in idle state with QiO ́s Foresight Optima DC+.

Recently published results from WWT ́s advanced technology center have noted up to 29% saving with 50-90% changeable workload.

Step 5. Optimise your Cooling

Using AI to suggest optimal operating conditions can reduce energy and water consumption by between 5 -15%

Did you know?

Making best use of what you already have is the first rule of sustainability. By reducing ITE load, your data center will benefit from the cascading power saving principle, with further gains achieved by recommending optimised cooling set points.

Step 6. Track progress

Reporting needs to be fully auditable. Real-time data should be integrated into your preferred reporting mechanisms to track progress and achievements.

Did you know?

Automatic and user define report generation will put you firmly in control and at the forefront of digital sustainability.

What I the next step for you to drive digital sustainability?

Contact me at david.mcguirk@qio.io to arrange a demo to see how Foresight Optima DC+™ can help you drive digital sustainability and empower your teams to make a tangible difference to GHG emission reduction.