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HPE Previews Sustainability Dashboard for Carbon Footprint Management; Expands SMB Financing

June 5, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is previewing a sustainability dashboard and related services to help customers measure and reduce carbon footprints related to IT. And in the SMB (small and midsize business) market, HPE Financial Services is expanding a Force for Good financing program -- which rewards organizations that demonstrate a measurable commitment to sustainability.

The moves -- announced by HPE Executive VP Gerri Gold (pictured, top of page) and Senior VP Pradeep Kumar -- are part of the company's broader sustainability strategy for customers.

Fidelma Russo, CTO, HPE

Among the five key developments to note:

  1. The company will "soon" offer a new sustainability dashboard on the HPE GreenLake platform that delivers key insights on IT energy consumption, carbon emissions, and electricity costs. The dashboard will leverage analytics from the HPE portfolio across compute, storage, and networking to improve overall sustainability performance, the company said.
  2. New technology from OpsRamp, which HPE acquired in May 2023, will provide additional sustainable IT capabilities to the dashboard. Partners and customers will gain a unified approach to manage multi-vendor infrastructure and application resources in hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments, the company said.
  3. The capabilities listed above will be available to customers "later this year" -- though pricing and exact availability for the capabilities were not disclosed. Also, the company did not say if the new technologies will be multi-tenant for partners.
  4. "Select clients" are previewing the dashboard, the company said.
  5. HPE CTO Fidelma Russo will further discuss the sustainability dashboard during her keynote at HPE Discover 2023, on Wednesday, June 21.

HPE Sustainability: Education, Services and Additional Developments

Meanwhile, the company is also developing workshops that "explore a combined and sustainable approach to IT, workloads, and data centers are now available to customers seeking to begin their journey." And the company is launching "sustainability baselining services provide a clear picture of energy usage and emissions within their IT estate by considering commonly accepted accounting and reporting principles."

Three recent developments that have already reached market include:

  1. HPE Right Mix Advisor, which features new capabilities that allow the company to calculate workload power consumption and estimate carbon footprint, collectively, or at the application level. This process is paired with the redesigned HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework to enable support of sustainable IT goals in an organization’s operating model, the company said.
  2. Additional developments include access to dedicated experts, asset upcycling services, customized Circular Economy Reports, and access to additional certifications. 
  3. The HPE Digital Learner online learning subscription service now includes sustainable upskilling for IT and data center facility employees. Customers can now offer their employees access to the ITIL 4 certificate: Sustainability in Digital and IT and the EPI Certified Data Center Environmental Sustainability Specialist (CDESS) certifications directly from HPE, the company said.

HPE Sustainability Strategy - Financing for SMB Customers: In the SMB market, the company expanded its Force for Good financing program to include so-called "standard indexes," which increases the number of small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) eligible for the program. Exact figures were not disclosed. When this program is combined with HPE Asset Upcycling Services, organizations can "support broader sustainability initiatives through all stages of the IT asset lifecycle, from planning to removal," the company said.

HPE Sustainability Strategy: Executive Perspectives

Pradeep Kumar, senior VP and GM, HPE Services

In a prepared statement about the news, Pradeep Kumar, senior vice president and general manager, HPE Services, said: “Achieving sustainability targets in a hybrid IT environment can be complex and daunting. HPE breaks down this complexity with technologies and services that enable organizations to advance from strategy and design to operations and positive impact. Our unique, comprehensive approach helps customers transform sustainability initiatives from incremental pockets of activity to a holistic approach spanning every IT domain.” 

Added Gerri Gold, executive vice president, president and CEO, HPE Financial Services: “HPE Financial Services unlocks value from legacy IT assets to fund organizations’ transitions to more efficient technology, and gives those older assets new life through upcycling, all of which leads to a beneficial circular economy. Today, we are building on this commitment to sustainability by expanding our Force for Good financing program, which rewards organizations for progress they achieve on their sustainability initiatives. Combined with the visibility and insights from the sustainability dashboard on HPE GreenLake, and the comprehensive expertise from the HPE Services team, HPE is well equipped to act as a strategic partner to any organization seeking to reduce their IT carbon footprint and make progress on sustainability.” 

Enterprise Technology, Cloud Companies Accelerate Sustainability Strategies

The developments are part of a larger trend across the enterprise and cloud services markets -- where technology vendors of all sizes are building sustainable partner programs and rolling out services to help customers measure their carbon footprints, and accelerate their journey to net-zero carbon emissions.

In the public cloud services market, Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft all have major sustainability efforts underway -- though their achievements and challenges to date vary widely. Enterprise infrastructure and software providers -- such as Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM and Pure Storage -- also increasingly emphasize sustainability messaging and solutions to customers.

Big IT consulting firms -- names like Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, among others -- are also moving hard into the sustainability sector.

What's driving all of this activity? The short answer: Environmental sustainability is now a Top 10 business priority for CEOs, according to Gartner.

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