People waste technology. Most of us stock up on extra smartphones, tablets, laptops, or perhaps extra webcams, Bluetooth loudspeakers, or other devices we don’t need. Sometimes you keep it as a backup, sometimes it’s just because you have it. many of these.
But it’s just hardware.
Waste also occurs at the software and data level. Waste occurs especially in enterprise environments where unused applications and data stores reside in on-premises data room facilities, public cloud data center instance contracts, or hybrid cloud spans of both environments.
No ‘light’ meal options
We don’t often think of “software waste” as a defined entity, but this modern phenomenon is surprisingly common. but why?
Platform vendors may bundle more applications and services than customers reasonably desire. Duplication may also occur as a result of mergers, acquisitions, etc. In other cases, customers choose too many services from the start to cover risk and realize discounts. A combination of both sides of the customer sales channel and an enterprise software vendor operating a bloated technology stack.
Of course, this waste factor is doing more damage to the environment than many realize.Modern cloud data centers are one of the most carbon-intensive aspects of business today, but CIOs have the power to become the new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) champions by providing transparent, data-driven insights to clean up chaos and optimize. Measurable progress towards goals.
Kelly Fleming, co-founder and CIO of Cirrus Nexus, has always been vocal on the subject. Cirrus Nexus is committed to giving enterprises direct control to monitor and optimize their cloud spend.
“As organizations grow and IT operations become more complex, CIOs face the challenge of managing ever-increasing data sets both cost-effectively and energy-efficiently,” says Fleming. “The cloud appears to offer a myriad of resources for maintaining and storing data, but the inability to control and limit data accumulation impacts not only a company’s bottom line, but also its sustainability goals. CIOs have the power to become ESG leaders in their companies by implementing the right policies to efficiently manage data growth.”
The Cirrus Nexus technical lead says many organizations have policies that dictate when data should be archived or deleted. They point out that they are having trouble enforcing the policy.
This is because data in the cloud often resides in isolated and unused resources of various kinds, from disks and databases to “storage blobs” and data lakes.
Even cloud orphans need love
“Without a good tagging mechanism, it is difficult to track the service owner of a data resource. This discourages cost optimizers from trying to clean up the waste, while all these resources continue to consume power. [electricity] Every day until the moment it’s deleted,” Fleming said.
His team recommends implementing a tagging policy to track data service owners as a surefire way to ensure that the IT department’s cleanup mechanism process runs efficiently. increase.
Where companies actually choose to store their data is another way to limit their carbon footprint. The suggestion here is that the CIO should either use his low PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) data center or invest in improving his PUE of his own on-premises data center. Additionally, you should look for data centers located in areas with a high percentage of renewable energy.
“In the United States, some of the cleanest-running data centers run primarily on hydropower in the Northwest and a combination of solar and wind power in the Southwest. Companies with large amounts of data that need to be located nearby invest in their own renewable energy production or use data centers in Canada Central and Eastern, two regions that produce the cleanest energy in North America You should consider Fleming.
Other continents have similar regional disparities in green power production, so investigating the carbon intensity of data center regions used for cloud applications and storage is important to limit the carbon footprint of the cloud. am. As employees, investors and consumers continue to put pressure on companies to meet their sustainability goals, it seems more companies are turning to his CIO to take the lead.
lean & keen
Also very assertive on this subject is Steffen Wittmann, who serves as LeanIX’s CTO. LeanIX is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product company that helps enterprises achieve transparency and control over their enterprise architectures, cloud estates, and microservice landscapes.
Whittman suggests that companies, especially large ones, often struggle to understand and manage a software landscape that consists of off-the-shelf and homegrown applications running on data center hardware. As a result, these companies are creating technical debt by running and maintaining inefficient tech stacks.
“Capabilities such as Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) are critical in managing and reducing this technical debt. With EAM, applications are mapped to business functions as soon as a basic inventory is created. , are associated with tangible business value and outcomes,” says Wittmann. “This is the foundation for application rationalization and risk management. Unused applications can be removed or retired, duplicate applications that provide the same business function are
Applications at risk of obsolescence are updated or replaced. This reduces operational costs and complexity of the software landscape, making it easier to plan and execute transformation projects. ”
Cloud migration questions
Many people have questions when it comes to moving to the cloud. Why not move everything to the cloud? After all, it has been said that the flexibility of the cloud solves all problems and makes it more cost effective.
“Migrating to the cloud is typically a large undertaking and a multi-year transformational project for large companies. Applications that are not optimized to run on the cloud do not reduce costs and may even increase costs in the end.By fully understanding and managing your software and IT landscape, you can It improves performance, reduces costs and risks, and contributes to business success,” asserts LeanIX’s Wittmann.
He goes on to say that organizations that take a step back and perform a more careful and considered assessment of their IT landscape will ultimately support sustainability to a greater extent. This is because unused applications are removed and idle processes are killed. For example, like a car with a running engine but zero mileage, just turn it off.
“Combining application rationalization with modern technologies to minimize data in transit (such as GraphQL for data retrieval) can help any company reduce their carbon footprint and conserve the planet’s resources. ‘Wittmann concludes.
Benjamin Brial, founder of Cycloid, a platform engineering firm that recently introduced a cloud carbon footprint tool that enables “smarter, greener cloud consumption decisions,” and when it comes to reducing waste, I believe that we all have a role to play.
“The net-zero goal is often seen as a long-term goal for IT, but the reality is that the impacts of climate change are all around us and our industry must act now. No,” Brial explains. “Achieving this requires a shift in thinking, not just IT managers, but CIOs and other IT leaders to become part of the conversation about how to incorporate sustainability into their overall strategy. An emerging area of IT, GreenOps principles provide a framework for organizations to understand and quantify the environmental impact of their IT strategies while promoting a culture of environmental responsibility that flows throughout the organization. Only when we understand the role we all have to play in reducing carbon emissions will organizations begin to prioritize more efficient use of resources.”
As a subject, wasting software and data doesn’t get you much airtime, even with data center power consumption issues. That’s probably because we’re still super excited to talk about more apps, more automation, more AI, and more developers. Join the entire party in progress.
You can still promote most of these elements in the same way, especially if you can promote them with less waste. Now go wash your hands.