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Corporate Sustainability - How IT Can Be Greener and Why It Matters

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Information technology and sustainability are often seen as being at odds with each other. IT is seen as a resource-intensive industry that can take a heavy toll on the environment. However, this negative perception is slowly changing as the industry embraces new ways to reduce its environmental impact.

Data centers, which are the backbone of every internet search and email sent, consume a massive amount of resources. If you've ever wondered how your device was made or where your laptop goes when you recycle it, you'll understand how much energy is spent and how much greenhouse gas (GHG) is emitted. However, there are ways for both businesses and individuals to be more sustainable when it comes to IT. Let's take a closer look.

A work desktop laptop with a coffee cup on a table amidst nature

How Endpoints and Data Centers affect resources

Desktops, laptops, and servers in the office rely on constant energy sources. But it's not just the consumption of resources; these devices also contribute significantly to GHG emissions. This is particularly true at the beginning of a devices’ life, when it is being built. In fact, 81% of the energy a computer requires over its lifetime is spent during the building phase.

However, once the technology is installed in your office, the energy use continues. Because most devices, especially servers, create heat, more energy is frequently required to keep the equipment cool.

Why does IT sustainability matter?

Adopting sustainable practices not only benefits the environment; corporations have proven that sustainability initiatives lead to an improved brand image, lower costs, happier shareholders, increased productivity, and a plethora of other benefits. Sustainability is here to stay.

Importantly, promoting your company for its sustainable efforts might result in profitable business, but choosing the right tool is increasingly important for saving energy on your desktops, laptops, servers and buildings —so upholding greenness can improve your brand’s image. It's important to remember that sustainability isn't just a marketing buzzword; sustainable practices should be incorporated in your business processes.

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IT’s Green Potential

Though many companies are beginning to make small strides towards sustainability, most have given little thought to how to scale back their environmental impact. Even if a company is not able to go 100% green, there are still many ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The energy that powers individual workstations can be reduced anywhere from 17-74 percent.

Even when we turn off and unplug our computers and devices, technology is involved in huge output. So, what can we do?

Here are some ways that businesses can contribute to long-term IT sustainability:

Relocate servers Maximize your data center space as much as possible to minimize your cooling and energy costs. 

Reduce OPEX

  • Identify invisible energy wastage and plug the leaks

  • Reduce server energy & cooling costs by up to 25%

  • Optimize your cooling costs without any hardware sensors

  • Identify potential electrical anomalies before they happen

  • DC Thermal mapping for better cooling and cost savings.

  • Reduce Admin Costs

Minimize CAPEX and maximize utilization of existing capacity

  • Increase Rack Density by up to 40% 

  • Optimize IT infrastructure & energy consumption 

Maximize Uptime and Ensure High Reliability

  • Fully automated 24x7 Real-time energy & power quality audit 

  • Prevent rack tripping using PowerMind AI

  • Predict and Prevent Outages

Migrate to the cloud Cloud computing becomes more efficient because of economies of scale

Promote and purchase computers that are rated for energy efficiency Groups like TCO Certified and Energy Star audit devices for their efficiency and sustainable practices.

Determine the most applicable solutions for your needs Explore energy efficient softwares like IPM+ Endpoints/ Data Centers/Smart Buildings which helps in high energy savings, reduction in GHG emissions and also will save on IT costs sustainably.

How to Promote Going Green as an Individual?

Following some of the best practices will help Individuals to reduce energy consumption:

  • Put your computers to sleep  Sleep is the lowest use of energy (besides Shutting down and unplugging).

  • Upgrade to smart power strips  These smart strips cut down on vampire energy that computers, TVs, and peripheral devices all consume.

  • Share printers  Whether at home or the office, consider how often printers are necessary.

  • Work remotely  Unless your daily commute is by foot (walking or biking), try working from home to reduce GHG emissions associated with commuting.

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Vigyanlabs, as a company, has made significant contributions to sustainability through its world-class product IPM+, which saves energy in computers, data centers, and buildings, thereby lowering GHG emissions.

Vigyanlabs winner of the Nasscom AI Gamechanger award

IPM+ from Vigyanlabs, Winner of NASSCOM AI Game Changer Award 2021 in Sustainability Category has achieved a a milestone of saving 1900GWH energy which helps in lighting up almost 80,000 homes for a year.

Our team has the experience and expertise to help make your business profitable & grow Sustainably and overcome any challenges that may arise.

Contact us today to learn more about products and how we can help you achieve your goals!!

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