Decarbonisation in Australia: transitioning toward green Cloud

As the economy of data trends exponentially upwards, digital technologies must play a fundamental role in decreasing carbon emissions. World Economic Forum modelling suggests that new technologies have the potential to decrease global emissions by 15 to 20 per cent. The use of green data centres and green cloud will have an impact on Australia’s economic and environmental future.

The climate driving business competitive advantage.

Between January and March 2020, the bushfires burned an estimated 18.6 million hectares, destroyed over 5,900 buildings and homes, and killed at least 34 people. The cost of bushfires in Australia is estimated at $2 Billion AUD. As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report has forecasted an increase in severity and intensity of extreme weather events resulting from climate change, this will undoubtedly impact Australian businesses. To ensure a safe and sustainable future in Australia, we need to move from low carbon to no carbon. From a business perspective, carbon reduction improves efficiency, reduces cost, and drives innovation. While the covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition of many workplaces online, digital has long been viewed as the antidote for reducing major factors that contribute to a company’s carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency and optimisation strategies

To achieve reduction of carbon emission, we need to transition toward green Cloud, by decreasing the energy consumption of data centres. We are working with our partners to ensure energy efficiency in data centres, helping clients set their own carbon emissions targets and providing solutions to deliver on these targets. Australia’s warm climate creates a supplementary layer of complexity to the task of reducing energy usage in data centres, as additional energy needs to be supplied to cool cabling so that it remains at the optimum temperature. An effective overview of resource management protocol can highlight where old technology should be replaced with more energy efficient technology. Equally, efficient rack cable management enables greater airflow to maximize cooling performance so that less energy is required. Capacity management assessment is key to determining the best ways to optimise the arrangement of hardware based upon ‘real’ power usage. We can offer proactive solutions by reaching out to data centres on an operational level, and directly working with clients and their suppliers on a robust emissions strategy in place of relying on carbon offsetting alone.

The hybrid green cloud model

Green data centres will enable green cloud and aim to reduce carbon emissions by offering a dynamic provisioning of resources. This solution involves multitenancy across power efficient data centres, optimising the way the data is handled.

Atos in Australia can utilise both Digital Private Cloud (DPC) and Managed Public Cloud (MPC) solutions. The Atos DPC is built to the highest standards of reliability and sustainability, providing a secure, energy efficient platform to support our customer’s digital transformation. The MPC provides additional virtual infrastructures to facilitate the consumption of public cloud environments. When relying on MPC, Atos has committed to partnering with the most energy efficient data centres worldwide, to reduce the carbon footprint of data and help decarbonise businesses and organisations in Australia.

“World Economic Forum modelling suggests that new technologies have the potential to decrease global emissions by 15 to 20 per cent.”

Leading net-zero transformation

We are committed to reduce the carbon emissions under our control by 50% by 2025 and to offset all residual emissions by 2028. We also help our clients achieving net-zero. Our role is to provide them with a clear overview of their capacity management and resource management to highlight areas where they can improve their progress toward becoming as energy efficient as possible. Analysis enables us to work closely with suppliers and customers to provide the most cost-effective, energy efficient solutions, ensuring along the way that all parties are progressing toward our own ambitious net-zero target as early as 2028.

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About Sylvain Alliaume
Technical Project Manager at Atos Australia & New Zealand
Sylvain is Technical Project Manager at Atos ANZ, based out of Perth, WA. His experience in ICT infrastructure and project management allows him to develop and support business operation throughout digital transformation.

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