Fujitsu to Guide Customers on CO2 Emissions Reductions from Cloud Migration

Technology company Fujitsu has said that from October 7 it will begin to provide free assessments to its customers considering the use of its FUJITSU Hybrid IT Service FJcloud, etc. in their digital transformation projects, demonstrating changes to CO2 emissions resulting from the migration of IT systems to the cloud.

Fujitsu will offer a visualisation of the CO2 emissions and power consumption of current IT systems against the use of FJcloud, for example, for its customers with on-premises IT systems, which have issues of balancing business growth and the ability to contribute to sustainability. This will empower customers to make the choice of their next IT platform with greater insight into both the overall cost as well as ability to contribute to decarbonisation, the company said.

As a part of this initiative, Fujitsu ultimately aims to contribute to the optimisation of its customers’ IT systems by guiding them to utilise the cloud, as well as to the realization of a sustainable society through reducing the carbon footprint of business.

Fujitsu has been actively working to reduce its power consumption and continuously improving the energy efficiency of its operations, including through the use of novel techniques for cooling systems using outside air cooling and optimising cooling efficiency by controlling air conditioning equipment using AI in its FJcloud data centers in Japan. Fujitsu has pledged that by FY 2022 it will achieve decarbonisation of its FJcloud, sourcing 100% of the electricity required for of its operations from renewable energy.

The assessment identifies the amount of power that the customer is using through interviews with stakeholders or direct measurements of IT systems in actual use and calculates the current amount of CO2 emissions and power consumption by inputting data into a dedicated assessment tool that sets PUE (2) values, etc. Then Fujitsu visualises, presents comparison results to the customer demonstrating potential improvements to PUE through the use of FJcloud, etc. and proposes a cloud migration strategy best suited to the customer.

Increase in Power Consumption

IT-related power consumption in Japan projected to increase exponentially by 2030. According to the Green Growth Strategy, which was outlined by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, IT-related power consumption (which includes servers and network equipment), accounted for approximately 4 per cent of Japan’s total power consumption in 2016.

Estimates indicate that this figure will balloon to more than 36 times by 2030, presenting an urgent challenge to companies to reduce the power consumption of their IT systems to contribute to the realization of a carbon-free society.

The energy efficient FUJITSU Hybrid IT Service offers customers the ability to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 30 per cent compared to their existing systems, the company said.

Venkatesh Ganesh

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