Cleaner clouds, Nutanix forges carbon & power estimator 

Nutanix touches many clouds.

Indeed, the company’s self-style tagline is the hybrid multi-cloud computing company.

If its public, private on-premises, edge-based, mobile-centric and/or hybrid in any given combination of the aforementioned virtualized computing resources, plus other… Nutanix is all about working with cloud.

Being as Environmentally, Social and Governance (ESG)-aware as most technology vendors, Nutanix has worked on a number ESG-related initiatives over the years.

Started in 2018, Nutanix annually provides $50K in scholarship funds to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer science, engineering or similar disciplines.

Nutanix’s .heart program supports mission-driven causes making a bigger impact on communities globally and it has three strategic pillars: Education, Climate Change and Diversity & Inclusion. 

Now, in 2023, we see the firm announce the Nutanix Carbon and Power Estimator, a new tool to help organisations understand how different factors can influence their environmental footprint by estimating annual power and emissions for various Nutanix solutions using Nutanix Validated Designs. 

Nutanix software and solutions can help organisations meet power and carbon goals by optimising IT infrastructure through reduced footprint, on-demand resource scaling and fast and easy workload movement between on-prem and cloud options.

According to the 5th Annual Enterprise Cloud Index, for 92% of IT decision makers sustainability is more important today than it was a year ago — a development driven by an increasing number of pending and imposed regulations globally that add to the heightened interest in this space. 

As sustainability comes into view for many enterprises, they seek strategies to reduce their environmental impact.

Consumption & emissions

One of the first facets of the business that leaders evaluate when looking to minimise environmental impact is IT, where changes in equipment or practices have the potential to make significant impacts when it comes to energy consumption and emissions.

The Nutanix Carbon and Power Estimator provides users with a report that helps illustrate how infrastructure choices can impact an environmental footprint with regard to power and emissions, with insights for developing more sustainable IT strategies. Based on user inputs regarding workloads, the efficiency of the data centre and location, an organisation can conceptualise how IT choices can help them meet their sustainability goals.

“Understanding what drives carbon and power consumption is an important first step for many enterprises looking to advance on their sustainability journey,” said Sammy Zoghlami, SVP EMEA at Nutanix. “The Nutanix Carbon and Power Estimator can help enterprises take initiative by educating organisations on factors that can influence their environmental impact.”

The Nutanix Carbon and Power Estimator enables organisations to estimate the effects of different factors on power and emissions for Nutanix solutions. As an example, with the Nutanix Carbon and Power Estimator, a user could see that if an organisation deploys Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure for a general virtualisation use case with 300 virtual machines (VMs) in a U.K. data centre with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 2.0, it would generate an estimated 68 metric tons of carbon dioxide (MTCO2) annually. If, on the other hand, the organisation was able to find a way to bring the data centre’s PUE down to 1.5, this change would reduce the emissions estimate by 17 MTCO2 to 51 MTCO2.

Because every customer configuration is different, the Nutanix Carbon and Power Estimator provides typical estimates that are generalised to help customers develop sustainability strategies rather than to provide exact usage figures. 

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