Thursday, March 17, 2022

Oracle Cloud Takes Sustainability Very Seriously

 As per Oracle's own announcement, "Oracle has set a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and to halve the greenhouse gas emissions across our operations and supply chain by 2030, relative to a 2020 baseline. This target has been approved by the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, an accredited partner of the United Nations Race to Zero."

When building cloud workloads, the practice of sustainability is understanding the impacts of the services used, quantifying impacts through the entire workload lifecycle, and applying design principles and best practices to reduce these impacts. Oracle is responsible for optimizing the sustainability of the cloud – delivering efficient, shared infrastructure, water stewardship, and sourcing renewable power.

Oracle cloud has a lower carbon footprint and are more energy efficient than typical on-premises alternatives because they invest in efficient power and cooling technology, operate energy efficient server populations, and achieve high server utilization rates. Cloud workloads reduce impact by taking advantage of shared resources, such as networking, power, cooling, and physical facilities. You can migrate your cloud workloads to more efficient technologies as they become available and use cloud-based services to transform your workloads for better sustainability.

Sustainability in the cloud is a continuous effort focused primarily on energy reduction and efficiency across all components of a workload by achieving the maximum benefit from the resources provisioned and minimizing the total resources required. This effort can range from the initial selection of an efficient programming language, adoption of modern algorithms, use of efficient data storage techniques, deploying to correctly sized and efficient compute infrastructure, and minimizing requirements for high-powered end-user hardware.

In FY20, Oracle added the Oracle Austin Waterfront campus to their list of buildings with 100% renewable electricity use. They now have more than 80 offices globally with electric vehicle charging stations to help meet employees’ needs.

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