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How to transform and digitize with sustainability in mind

HPE GreenLake delivers sustainable digital transformations in a hybrid world

Companies leading in both digital adoption and sustainable practices are nearly three times more likely than other companies to be among tomorrow’s leaders, according to an Accenture report.

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Although these twin objectives may seem at odds due to the significant carbon footprint of digital infrastructure itself, enterprises focused on their digital transformation strategies are realizing that as they increase efficiencies and optimize their infrastructures, they are also advancing their sustainability practices by reducing carbon and energy use, materials, and waste. This is a direct result of identifying the right technologies, processes, and business models to meet business needs.


Solving IT inefficiencies
As IT professionals, we know that IT operations can be inefficient, with low utilization rates, overprovisioning, and obsolete or abandoned equipment still in our infrastructures. Industry studies demonstrate that data centers are operated inefficiently, including 25% “comatose” compute resources that are doing no useful work[1] and 10% utilization rates for non-virtualized compute[2]. Inefficiencies like this cause power, space, and cooling constraints from overprovisioning. Solving these constraints through better efficiency and improved monitoring significantly reduces OpEx and CapEx costs, and improves operational efficiencies for equipment, staff, and infrastructure.

Implementing a comprehensive IT efficiency strategy can achieve business and sustainability goals simultaneously, enabling the IT organization to play a more active role in advancing the enterprise’s broader sustainability strategy through digital transformation and innovation.

We know the majority of apps are still on premises and will remain on premises as many apps are data intensive and can’t move to the cloud for latency, compliance, governance, or cost reasons.[3] HPE’s as-a-service delivery offerings, HPE GreenLake, provides a sustainable solution for these workloads that can be as efficient or more efficient than cloud providers.


Meeting financial and sustainability objectives
HPE GreenLake can address the key causes of inefficiencies in on-premises or collocated data center IT equipment, helping customers lower costs, reduce overprovisioning—which frees-up valuable space and cooling—reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and even recover residual value from IT assets while minimizing e-waste.

Forrester found that customers reduce total cost of ownership by 30% due to eliminated need for overprovisioning[4]. In addition, our modelling has found that enterprises can reduce their energy costs by more than 30% by transitioning to HPE GreenLake as opposed to a traditional CapEx model. And customers consuming efficient HPE technologies such as composable infrastructure through our consumption-based offerings have gained even further efficiencies, reducing their carbon footprint by 50% in one instance[5] and consolidating server footprint by as much as 50%[6].

According to the Uptime Institute, increasing server utilization, optimizing server refresh cycles, right-sizing redundancy, and consolidating infrastructure are among the largest energy saving opportunities in IT today.[7] With HPE GreenLake Management Services, our customers can rely on us to capture these opportunities by remotely monitoring, operating, and optimizing their infrastructures and applications, freeing up time for IT organizations to focus on advancing digital transformation. The key benefits realized by the majority of HPE GreenLake customers include:

  • Increased utilization driven by a metered infrastructure approach
  • Eliminated comatose equipment which drains energy and resources while doing no useful work
  • Optimized server refresh cycles to take advantage of performance improvements from newer technologies while ensuring the responsible management of end-of-use assets
  • Right-sized infrastructure that reduces hardware-related costs and minimizes the consumption of unnecessary assets

With HPE Financial Services, customers can rapidly deploy an as-a-service model with preowned tech, incorporating legacy systems and avoiding e-waste. And when HPE GreenLake customers are ready to replace assets, they can rest assured they won’t end up in landfill. HPE Technology Renewal Centers take in assets from any manufacturer, refurbishing nearly 90% of the millions of assets we recover each year while creating additional investment capacity for customers to invest in digital transformation.

By delivering on both digital transformation and environmental sustainability objectives, our as-a-service models can accelerate the competitiveness of your enterprise.


You can start on this path today with HPE GreenLake.  For more information, visit


[1] Zombie/Comatose Servers Redux, Koomey and Taylor, 2017
[2] Beyond PUE, Tackling IT’s Wasted Terawatts, Uptime Institute, 2020
[3] IDC Cloud Pulse Q119, June 2019
[4] Forrester, Total Economic Impact of HPE GreenLake, 2020
[7] Uptime Institute, Beyond PUE: Tackling IT’s wasted terawatts, 2020


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