Google Cloud VMware Engine: It's Never Been Easier for Enterprises to Realize the Sustainability Gains Inherent in the Google Cloud

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In 2007, Google was the first global company to validate that its operations were carbon neutral. Today, when the company is working to become carbon free by 2030, it's never been easier for enterprises to decrease their own emissions by moving their on-premises data center operations to the Google Cloud.
"In 2018, our second year of having achieved our goal of procuring as much renewable energy as the electricity we consume, we looked deeper into our electricity usage and our renewable purchases and found that we were still relying on carbon-based power for a significant number of hours per year. So despite matching 100% of our annual consumption with renewables, we were not running carbon free. Our 2030 carbon free goal moves us to actual decarbonization of our operations – no credits or offsets."

-- June Yang, vice president and general manager, Google Compute, Google Cloud

June Yang sees a great opportunity for all enterprises to achieve the sustainability and environmental gains inherent in the transition to cloud computing and far more.

"As all organizations become digital organizations, cloud technology provides an opportunity to do that in an energy-efficient and carbon-free way. But that's not all," she says. "Cloud technology also gives organizations the scalable compute power, the ability to collect, process and analyze data; and the machine learning tools that it will take to answer tough operational and environmental challenges."

Yang points to two projects that already reveal cloud computing's cloud computing's potential to reduce emissions and the world's reliance on fossil fuels.

Five years ago, Google and DeepMinds began using machine learning to control the cooling systems in Google's data centers. Today those same systems decrease the amount of energy required to cool Google's most energy-intense buildings by 30%. From that experience Google developed the Industrial Adaptive Controls platform to enable artificial intelligence-enabled energy savings on a global scale – solutions it will make available to the largest industrial enterprises.

Earlier this year, Google published the carbon characteristics of its Google Cloud regions as well as a simple tool to help customers pick a Google Cloud region, taking variables like price,…
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