VMware’s virtualisation technology helps data centres to reduce emissions

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VMware’s virtualisation technology prevents 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere, according to an IDC report.

With data centres accounting for more than 1 per cent of the world’s electricity consumption, with an increase of more than 6 per cent each year, enterprises are turning to virtualisation to reduced power consumption and enable significant efficiency gains. VMware has been active in this area since 1998 and believes that enterprises can reduce their reliance on on-premises hardware by moving multiple tasks, such as email and legacy apps, to virtual servers running on a single physical machine.

The report outlined that the company’s customers have avoided deploying 142 million servers since 2005, including 2.4 billion MWh of energy consumption and 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas savings. 

“As the urgency to address climate change and other critical environmental issues grow, VMware believes sustainability is becoming more and more important to our customers,” Nicola Peill-Moelter, VMware’s Director of Sustainability Innovation, said. “VMware provides software solutions and a public cloud ecosystem that not only mitigate the environmental impact of our business operations but also help our customers achieve their own sustainability goals.“

The company is also engaged in various other activities. It has been certified by the Carbon Neutral Company since 2018 and has been operating entirely on renewable energy since 2019. By 2030, it aims to address net-zero emissions and e-waste, water resilience and transparency. 

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