In a world of finite resources, sustainability lingers top of mind for businesses looking to build toward the future. Investors, customers, and internal leadership alike are demanding more transparency when it comes to the environmental impact of business operations. This is especially true when it comes to IT. Data’s increasing shadow on companies is more apparent than ever, with 59% of organizations identifying data as being a central aspect of their business. In fact, the number of global data centers has increased from 500,000 in 2012 to more than 8 million today.
IT's role in business is evolving quicker than ever, with more and more companies delving into the complex worlds of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the like. With this comes the need for the fast deployment of applications, infrastructure, and services. According to ESG, 91%of organizations said that they needed to move faster to deploy than they did just three years ago.
When the pressure to accelerate operations combines with increased levels of IT complexity, it’s tempting to prioritize speed over efficiency, and choose the quickest solution over the optimal one. Adhering to this approach is often referred to as “technical debt.” Technical debt is a cost that arises from choosing an easy but limited solution rather than a superior approach that may take more time to implement. This can take the form of excessively high power and cooling costs or unacceptable levels of hardware sprawl.
One may think that the “techificiation” of business is entirely positive- heralding in a modern age of information. However, it is valuable to take a pause when you consider that by 2025, the IT industry could use as much as 20% of all electricity produced and emit up to 5.5% of the world’s carbon emissions according to the World Economic Forum.
Our goal is to architect an IT environment that achieves a high level of sustainability thanks to efficient infrastructure management and usage. Learn how Liqid is working toward the future of the datacenter today.