Sustainable Network Transformation

Sustainable network transformation

In today’s economy, the spotlight is shining brighter than ever on environmental impact. Organisations are feeling the pressure to adopt sustainable practices as end user preferences evolve, regulations tighten, and investors demand accountability. For businesses, going green isn’t just a trend – it’s a necessity for long-term success and competitiveness.

CTOs play a pivotal role in driving businesses’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives through digital transformation. However, the very networks supporting these efforts are often significant contributors to carbon emissions due to their energy consumption.

The question is, where does a business begin on the path to greener IT infrastructure? Let’s take a look at some essential strategies for organisations aspiring to achieve sustainability in their networks.

Evaluating Energy Consumption

First things first: evaluating energy consumption. This means taking a deep dive into existing operations to root out energy inefficiencies. But not every organisation has the in-house expertise or objectivity for this task. This is where specialist network consultancies can help. They can conduct comprehensive audits to identify inefficiencies and recommend eco-friendly alternatives.  Moreover, they provide strategic guidance on adopting sustainable practices and green technologies, ensuring long-term environmental benefits for businesses.

Investing in Energy-Efficient Hardware

Investing in energy-saving hardware and infrastructure components, including servers, switches, storage devices, and WiFi equipment, is another crucial step. Prioritising sustainability in these components can significantly reduce carbon footprints without sacrificing performance. Look for certifications like ENERGY STAR, EPEAT and ROHS as signs of environmental adherence.

Leveraging Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

Now, let’s talk about the cloud. Businesses are increasingly drawn to its scalability, cost-efficiency and agility. Plus, cloud computing can boost energy efficiency and cut waste by consolidating workloads onto fewer physical servers through virtualisation. By enabling dynamic resource allocation based on demand, businesses can more efficiently adapt to changing business requirements.

And here’s a bonus: cloud-based services make it easier to support remote working, slashing carbon emissions associated with commuting and office space. Many cloud providers are even investing in renewable energy to power their data centres, further reducing emissions. In fact, research conducted by the international analyst firm 451 Research indicates that moving on-premises workloads to AWS can lower carbon footprint by nearly 80%.

Network Automation and Smart Technology

But the green journey doesn’t stop there. Network automation and smart technology are game changers for energy efficiency. By automating tasks like resource allocation and power management, businesses can minimise energy consumption during periods of low demand or idle times, reducing both carbon footprints and costs.

“Several of our clients are in the process of integrating automation and smart systems to reduce their energy consumption. Toggling wireless access points, controlling lighting, and managing thermostats are all possible. Even though they are totally on board with the benefits, they are hesitant to turn off the systems completely. What happens if there’s an urgent situation after hours that requires people to be on site? As a result, we’re deploying IoT sensors across facilities and exploring smart tech. Access points will be automatically reactivated as needed when these gadgets detect activity. Our top priority is security, and we are actively addressing any concerns on that front.”  Richard Greville, Co-Founder and Technical Director, Opticore.

And let’s not forget proactive monitoring and optimisation. By continuously monitoring network performance metrics, automated systems can identify inefficiencies or anomalies and potential environmental impacts. Based on real-time analytics and machine learning businesses can fine-tune network configurations to improve efficiency over time.

Embracing Sustainability: A Collective Effort

So, what’s the takeaway? Sustainable IT networks require a multi-faceted approach. Whether it’s investing in energy-efficient hardware, leveraging cloud computing and virtualisation, or implementing network automation, businesses can make significant strides towards a greener future.

Using these technologies and practices, and involving employees at all levels, businesses can define a strategy and implement a plan to innovate and achieve environmental and social goals.

How Opticore Can Help?

At Opticore, we’re committed to helping businesses make their network transformation journey smooth and sustainable. For over ten years, we’ve been supporting companies of all sizes with tailored network consultancy, project management and managed services.

We’re also on a mission to empower companies to embrace sustainability through the strategic use of automation. By remaining at the forefront of technological advancements, we also take on the responsibility of navigating the ever-changing landscape on behalf of our clients, freeing them to focus on core business operations.

And speaking of green, it’s not just talk for us. We walk the walk too. We’re proud to say our commitment to eco-conscious practices is a big part of who we are. That’s why we earned a Bronze Medal Rating from EcoVadis in October 2023. From how we deliver our services to every aspect of our operations, we’re all about being sustainable.

So, if you’re ready to transform your network and advance your environmental efforts with confidence, we’re here for you every step of the way. Let’s make a difference together!

 Let’s start a conversation! Discover how you can supercharge your network while slashing energy bills. Get in touch with us today to unlock the secrets to smarter, greener networking.

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