Over the last decade, amongst many other initiatives, you have no doubt consolidated your server estate, undertook virtualisation and implemented hybrid cloud strategies to allow scale-up and down, to help deliver organisational savings and performance.
Gaia-Edge Metrics team will drive further efficiencies.
Within the data center world the main measurement of efficiency is PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) or DCIE (Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency), but is it still relevant?
PUE is only part of the story.
PUE is the ratio between the energy required to run your ITE ( IT Equipment) / the amount of energy required to power your data center. (allowing for cooling, UPS´s electrical losses, and the power required for all other ancillary services).
The higher the PUE, the more inefficient the data center. It is widely accepted that a PUE of less than 2 is acceptable, 1.5 – 1.3 is good, and a PUE of 1 is the Valhalla of data center efficiency. However, here at Gaia Edge we believe that there is so much more to be looked at.
PUE does not reflect the overall picture of your data center but is often used as the defining metric for efficiency and sustainability. There is no recognition of water usage; no allowance made for fossil fuels and emissions from backup power such as generators; or acknowledgment of where and how power has been generated. ITE efficiencies, maximising utilisation of assets and sustainable software development are also ignored by the PUE metric.
The Gaia Edge metrics team believes that measurement and analysis should be both at granular and holistic levels. Whilst PUE is an important factor, the entire technology stack from core to edge should be taken into consideration, assessing utilisation of assets in order to implement the recommendations that will drive sustainability, performance, and efficiency.
The old adage of you cannot manage what you cannot measure has never been more true. If you cannot manage it, then you cannot improve it, and if you cannot improve it then you cannot shout from the rooftops and be a shining light to others on their sustainability journey.
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What can be done differently?
A culture of sustainability and behavioural change should be developed for all aspects of technology from purchasing to implementation.
Companies such as Linode and Cloudflare, implement hardware based on maximising I/O throughput per watt, or request per watt, and this is a great way to start implementing a more efficient and well utilised tech stack. This approach should be extended to networking, storage and compute with one eye always on sustainability and efficiency.
Would a hardware optimisation engine such as Fungibles DC offering bring better performance, to compute, storage and networking? Fungible certainly believe so. Boosting asset utilisation up to a seriously impressive 80%, much more than around 40% boasted by the leading hyperscalers.
Likewise, Submer´s immersive cooling solutions, with a change of BIOS, fans can be physically removed from all ITE, reducing hardware consumption by 15 % arguably putting it into PUE of less than 1. Additionally, equipment carcasses can be removed just reducing the number of raw materials required.
Onsite energy generation and usage of smart grids will also put the datacenter and the tech stack into a new era of sustainability by becoming energy producers and not just consumers.
Enterprises should also hold their cloud providers and 3rd party suppliers accountable too. Gaia Edge Metrics team will work with you in assessing what happens when data leaves the realm of your data center. Your organisation is responsible for the data it holds and that data´s entire journey. Energy usage for transmission, number of hops, each user being in a different geophysical location and 3rd party services accessed in order the data to be consumed. A new era of collaboration and partnerships is required.
Class-leading efficiency at the edge. Modular and portable data centers 6kW to 400kW.
Our Gaia-Metrics app suite has been designed to drive efficiency, sustainability, change behaviour and promote wellbeing. All of which are paramount in the race to zero and a brighter future for all. At Gaia Edge we believe that ultimately, consumers behaviour will be the most important factor in driving sustainability change.
Ask your average consumer how much energy is consumed when a video is uploaded, or a series streamed or an email sent. Their answer is usually "None! my device uses a battery" quickly changing to "the amount of electricity to charge my phone or turn the tv on for 1 hour".
Explain a little more to them, about the cloud, the ITE required to store, process, compute and transmit, explain a little about datacenters, cooling, energy and water usage and power density and that every bit of data that they watch, or send, or listen to, or store, or read, or use consumes electricity not just on their device but in many places around the world.
People quickly realise that there is in fact a significant indirect cost to the planet alongside their monthly subscription plan. Explain some further truths around REC's and claims of carbon neutrality and soon people are quite aghast and now looking uncomfortable about watching the entire box series of Breaking Bad for the 4th time.
So what is our app?
Our app monitors, analyses and reports total energy consumption for any given application.
Gaia Edge Metrics is designed to educate and change consumer behaviour, promoting wellbeing, and improving sustainability.
"Hold on! you have an app that encourages people to use less tech". That's a bit paradoxical isn't it?!
We do not want to encourage people to abandon tech. We want people to use tech more effectively and efficiently.
By raising awareness of consumption and usage, we can help to promote digital housekeeping, healthier user habits, which in turn will lead to efficiencies across the entire datacenter eco system as supply for greener solutions keeps pace with consumer awareness and demand.
The app is also a great tool for enterprises to promote workforce wellbeing and to promote commitments to sustainability.
If you would like to find out more on how Gaia Edge drives sustainability and efficiency wherever data is produced and consumed. Contact us today.
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