IT - Operations

Digital technology is responsible for 3.7% of total CO emissions, according to estimates from The Shift Project

"This could increase, as cryptocurrency mining is leaving a massive carbon footprint. With the world's climate at stake, every percentage point matters.

Thankfully, many tech companies have announced significant climate pledges to reduce emissions or offset their carbon footprint. For example, Microsoft states they will be carbon neutral by 2030. Amazon has committed to a deadline of 2040, and other companies such as Infosys have co-signed. Netflix's climate commitment states they will reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022.

Sustainability goals are vital long-term benchmarks, but on-the-ground technologists must make immediate optimizations to realize them. So, what exact steps can enterprise IT take to reduce their energy consumption and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions?..."

All networks may be different, but companies have similar goals when they look to upgrade their network infrastructures. Assessing current designs is just the first step.

"Not surprisingly, the term infrastructure modernization means different things to different people. After all, no two enterprise network infrastructures are designed and built with the same business goals in mind. However, newly architected infrastructures have far more in common with each other than networks did long ago. Thus, the process of infrastructure modernization will likely be similar in many regards.

Let's examine five steps organizations should take when they want to update their existing IT infrastructures with the latest technologies, platforms and tools..."

IT infrastructure and operations leaders are increasingly focusing on new ideas and technologies alongside ways to deliver business value

"Armed with the right approach, legacy datacentre infrastructure can be reinvented to increase capacity, support new and emerging business services and reduce operating costs.

As part of this approach, organisations with existing workloads remaining within their datacentres must decide how best to restructure their physical infrastructures to improve efficiencies and extend the datacentre's useful life..."

In a world dominated by internet-enabled technology, data centers are the brains keeping the digital ecosystem afloat. Responsible for processing, storing, and transmitting data, server rooms are of enormous value, and - by extension - so are the infrastructure and resources used to maintain them

"The lifeblood that makes all digital systems possible is electricity, and data center managers couldn't be more aware of this. Besides managing a fleet of servers and equipment, the electricity bill and power allocation are essential considerations for server administrators. Given the scarcity and environmental impact of fossil fuels, organizations continue to consider sustainable energy sources. With innovation and specialization in server technology, numerous organizations choose virtualization or colocation data centers that offer more scalability.

Here we'll look at server room power consumption: how organizations approach power needs, the components using power, and trends in power consumption by data centers..."

MDM is a set of disciplines, processes, and technologies for managing data about entities, such as products and customers, around which business is conducted

"Master data management (MDM) is a set of disciplines, processes, and technologies used to manage an organization's master data. Master data is data about business entities or objects (customers, suppliers, employees, products, cost centers, etc.) around which business is conducted. It is used to provide context to transactional data and is typically scattered around the business in various spreadsheets, applications, and even physical media.

Gartner defines MDM as 'a technology-enabled discipline in which business and IT work together to ensure the uniformity, accuracy, stewardship, semantic consistency, and accountability of the enterprise's official, shared master data assets.'

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