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Sustainable Growth of cloud using Open Compute Project based solutions

Exploding use of data-communication and cloud solutions are drivers for innovation of ICT. At the same time many companies have sustainability policies to reduce their impact on the planet by reducing energy and CO2 emissions and also improving circularity to reduce the use of raw materials. But this is not only a trend for sustainable companies. A growing number of countries implemented legislation that forces reduction of CO2 emission in order to realize the Paris Climate agreement and the sustainable development goals (SDG’s). Moreover, many countries have policies to reduce the use of raw materials. So, companies will more and more incorporate CO2 emission reduction and reduction of raw materials in selecting equipment and solutions.

Sustainability is often seen as expensive and an extra option above the standard demands for equipment. But Open Compute Project (OCP) based solutions can help reduce cost and at the same time improve sustainability for data centres and telecom operators by improving both effectiveness and efficiency.

Exploding use of data and data-communication:
Daily life becomes more and more dependent on the use of data. IT, internet and cloud-computing make it possible to use data to support everything we do and changed life very rapidly. E-commerce is more and more used for shopping. And CD’s and DVD’s are exchanged with on demand streaming music and film. GPS combined with detailed maps and online traffic information is not only supporting the best route to travel but is also used for special personalized advertising. Not only in the western world but this trend is rapidly covering the whole world as fast, reliable and affordable internet is available in the whole world.

Telecom operators report exponential growth of data-communications and the number and volume of data centres is also growing very fast. There is no sign that this exponential growth is flattening since not only people are connected, but also everything that can carry a sensor. Everything is becoming smart: Smart grids, smart connected cars, but also farmers more and more depend on data to be able to improve the way they can improve the growing of their crop using detailed and almost real time information on the status of their ground. E-health will be necessary to improve health-care against lower cost. Online information of the status of dikes will not only improve the management but also using less on-site control.

In offices we see the new way of how colleagues are working together using cloud solution. Instead of everyone download their own version of a report it is now possible to share spreadsheets and reports. This improves effectiveness and reduces local storage equipment.

Supports trend to a more sustainable society
These trends support the change to a more sustainable world, reducing CO2 and materials. A few examples: Solution for farmers can reduce the use of water and fertilizers. Working in the cloud reduces the necessity of own data storage equipment. The number of DVD’s, CD’s and players are reduced by using on-demand music and films. If equipment is telling what parts are almost at end of life, preventive maintenance is not necessary any more, reducing traffic and at the same time reducing the need for spare parts.

Challenging for data centres and telecom-operators for sustainable growth.
The growing use of data and data-communication and the trend to migrate from internal ICT to data centres is a challenge for the ICT industry. The communication networks must be able to support 24/7 near real time data collection. While the prices for data-communication are reducing because of regulation and competition. Data centres must support real time availability of large volumes of data and data-analysis while volumes increase exponentially. This can only be done if the cost for delivering these services can be reduced.

In other words, to realise sustainable growth it is essential to improve cost-efficiency and effectiveness for data centres and telecom operators. Moreover, new e-solutions can only really be sustainable if the reduction of energy consumption and reduction of use of equipment by end-users is exceeding the the additional energy use and use of materials in data centres and telecommunication networks.

Solutions that support these challenges
What sustainable solutions telecom operators and data centres might be looking for to reduce cost and at the same time reduce their impact on the planet.

  • Avoid lock in of a single supplier to improving sourcing power
  • Reduce energy consumption to reduce energy cost and CO2 emissions
  • Improve longevity of equipment by improving repairability and easy exchange of components.

Open Compute Project (OCP) based solutions can support these demands.

Avoid lock in of a supplier
The advantage of OCP based solutions is that they are based on open standards and published specifications that multiple suppliers can use. That implicates interoperability with equipment of other suppliers. This reduces the lock in of one single supplier that initially gave the best overall deal. By exchanging OCP equipment or expending equipment it is easier to change to another supplier. So, the buyer not only gets the best initial offer, but new equipment or extending the capacity of the equipment can be sourced as if it was an initial deal.

Reduce energy consumption and so energy cost
Using OCP equipment can support reduction of energy consumption. Traditional equipment might have superfluous solutions that are necessary in stand-alone use but can make a total rack less efficient and effective. For instance, traditional servers each have their own power and cooling equipment. If you use multiple servers in one rack, it is possible to combine all the power and cooling solutions. That reduces cost and energy consumption and so improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the solution.

Improve circularity by improving repairability and exchange of components.
As can be seen in the figure of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation circularity is more than recycling materials. The best way to improve circularity is to improve longevity and reuse as much possible without downgrading functionality. So, at first repair or reuse equipment elsewhere, secondly replace components rather than the total equipment, the last phase is to recycle all the materials. In other words: to improve circularity of equipment it is important to use the smallest loop as possible. At the same time this can often also be cost effective. Open designed equipment can give a lot of options to improve cost effectiveness as well as circularity. Because equipment can be designed using easy to exchange components based on open specifications.

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