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IT Infrastructure, Data Center and Multi-Cloud Sustainability: Dynatrace Touts IT Carbon Footprint App

September 22, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Dynatrace, a major provider of observability software for application and infrastructure monitoring, is touting an application to help partners and customers manage their IT carbon footprints and sustainable IT strategies.

The application, called Carbon Impact app, allows users to assess carbon emissions and energy consumption from all monitored hosts -- including on-premises, hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

The app was previously unveiled at Dynatrace’s Perform 2023 conference earlier this year. The update on Dynatrace’s own use of the app coincides with the launch of Dynatrace’s 2023 Global Impact Report.

The app leverages Dynatrace OneAgent -- which collects host utilization metrics -- including CPU, memory, disk, and network I/O -- as inputs to a conversion formula that also considers geo-specific energy factors to calculate CO2e. (Background: CO2e is the number of metric tons of CO2 emissions with the same global warming potential as one metric ton of another greenhouse gas.) 

Screen Shot: Dynatrace Carbon Impact App dashboard.
Screen Shot: Dynatrace Carbon Impact App dashboard.

OneAgent supports the following environments:

  • Cloud Platforms: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Heroku.
  • Containers: Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Docker and Mesos.
  • Operating Systems: IBM AIX, Linux, Oracle Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows, IBM zOS.

Dynatrace Carbon Impact App: Development Background, Free Trial

To develop Carbon Impact app, Dyntrace leveraged guidance from the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA). The software company also expanded on formulas from an open source project called the Cloud Carbon Footprint.

Thomas Reisenbichler
Thomas Reisenbichler, VP of site reliability engineering, Dynatrace

Pricing for a app was not disclosed, though a 15-day free-trial of the software is available. We don't know if the tool is multi-tenant for Dynatrace Partner Program members.

In a prepared statement about the app, VP of Site Reliability Engineering Thomas Reisenbichler said: ”As Dynatrace looks to the future, considering our environmental impact is more important than eve. We’re confident that Dynatrace will be able to optimize our cloud infrastructure carbon emissions by leveraging the Dynatrace platform for proactive management and orchestration, utilizing our Carbon Impact app to unlock greater optimization potential, and using green coding initiatives to improve performance.”

Carbon Emissions: Estimators and Calculator Software

Numerous technology companies have launched carbon estimator tools and real-time carbon monitoring tools for customers. Key examples include:

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