“In 2018, our second year after meeting our goal of purchasing as much renewable energy as the electricity we consume, we took a closer look at our electricity use and renewable energy purchases and found that we still relied on carbon-based energy for a number of hours per year. Thus, although 100% of our annual consumption corresponds to renewable energies, we were not operating without carbon. Our carbon-free 2030 goal leads us to real decarbonization of our operations – no credits or offsets. “
– June Yang, vice president and general manager, Google Compute, Google Cloud
June Yang sees a great opportunity for all businesses to achieve the sustainability and environmental gains inherent in the transition to cloud computing and more.
“As all organizations become digital organizations, cloud technology offers the opportunity to do so in an energy efficient and carbon-free manner. But that’s not all, ”she says. “Cloud technology also provides organizations with scalable computing power, the ability to collect, process and analyze data; and the machine learning tools needed to tackle tough operational and environmental challenges.
Yang highlights two projects that are already showing the potential of cloud computing to reduce emissions and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Five years ago, Google and DeepMinds began using machine learning to control cooling systems in Google data centers. Today, those same systems reduce the amount of energy needed to cool Google’s most energy-hungry buildings by 30%. From this experience, Google developed the Industrial Adaptive Controls platform to enable energy savings through artificial intelligence on a global scale – solutions that it will make available to the largest industrial companies.
Earlier this year, Google released the carbon characteristics of its Google Cloud regions and a simple tool to help customers choose a Google Cloud region, taking into account variables such as price, latency, and durability. They shared this data to help organizations include carbon emissions in typical migration or development decisions. And recently, Google Cloud took it a step further and included low-carbon metrics in its console location selectors.
“Integrating carbon impact into the cloud migration process and user experience will help our customers make more sustainable IT decisions,” says Yang.
Google is also pushing its own aggressive efforts to go carbon-free by 2030, and is sharing what it learns along the way.
“In 2018, our second year after achieving our goal of purchasing as much renewable energy as the electricity we consume, we took a deeper look at our use and found that we still rely on energy from carbon for a significant number of hours per year. . Thus, although 100% of our annual consumption corresponds to renewable energies, we were not operating without carbon. Our carbon-free 2030 goal leads us to real decarbonization of our operations – no credits or offsets. “
Yang notes that this is an effort that will require Google to take action in several ways. These include the continued purchase of clean energy, the development and commercialization of new technologies needed to decarbonize power generation, and strong advocacy.
Yang is optimistic, both for the future and the synergy that makes Google and VMware natural partners in the effort to provide all organizations with access to cloud computing and the sustainability gains it enables.
“When we first set our goal of carbon neutrality in 2007, it was based on three pillars: operate as efficiently as possible, switch to renewables, and use high-quality carbon offsets for emissions we couldn’t yet. mitigate, ”Yang said. adds. “The first pillar of this goal – to build, manage and operate digital infrastructure as efficiently as possible – is still incredibly important and remains true. Virtualization is and was a key part of this. The move to virtualized or software-defined environments has kept overall data center power consumption relatively stable over the past 10 years, even as IT needs have grown exponentially.
Helping Businesses Reduce Emissions with a Cloud Migration
Now, it’s never been easier for businesses to realize the sustainability gains inherent in the cloud and move to the low-emissions operations made possible by the Google cloud. Google Cloud’s VMware engine makes it easy to transfer and transfer virtual machine-based applications to Google Cloud seamlessly, quickly and easily.
“Google Cloud VMware Engine is the fastest way for businesses to migrate to Google Cloud while using the VMware technologies they know and trust, without changing their applications or underlying policies or practices,” said Yang. “Our integrated networking, high density platform, and rapid node deployment (in about 30 minutes) saves time, costs, and eliminates much of the complexity and risk associated with migration to the cloud. Staff do not need to learn new tools, as the applications run in a private native VMware environment in Google Cloud. “
Once in the Google cloud, these same organizations can become more agile using Google cloud services or extend their network with cloud disaster recovery, backup and storage services.
“The cloud is making a positive change for the environment, and we operate the cleanest cloud today,” says Yang. “We are actively engaged in important programs such as VMware Zero-Carbon Committed and are integrating sustainability natively into our products. Any Google Cloud user can even easily integrate sustainability into their decision-making process when determining where to migrate or build their applications by using our simple region selection tool and selecting the low carbon options now indicated by the gLeaf in the Google Cloud Console.
Learn more about Google Cloud VMware Engine and its partnership with VMware here.
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