Gartner predicts that the Carbon emissions of hyperscale cloud services will be a top-three criterion in cloud purchase decisions

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Gartner in its recent report said that by 2025, the carbon emissions of hyperscale cloud services will be a top-three criterion in cloud purchase decisions, according to Gartner, Inc.

Since the start of the pandemic, More than 90% of organizations increased their investments in sustainability programs, as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities and reporting received growing levels of enterprise attention, compared to investments in 2017.

“Leading providers of cloud infrastructure and platform services are increasingly focusing on how they can disrupt higher-level business, compliance, societal and environmental issues,”

Ed Anderson, distinguished research vice president at Gartner

“Hyperscalers are aggressively investing in sustainable cloud operations and delivery, aspiring to eventually achieve net zero emissions within the decade, or sooner. Gartner expects increased availability of tools that help organizations calculate and reduce their carbon emissions through effective use of cloud services, similar to tools that assist in optimizing cloud spending today.”

According to the research firm, the top 10 largest cloud providers (by revenue) accounted for 70% of all IT spending on cloud infrastructure, platform, and application services. Cloud sustainability initiatives are critical to reducing IT-related carbon emissions and will start with the leading cloud providers.

“While essentially all cloud providers have sustainability initiatives in place, their progress in meeting carbon reduction goals and strategies for achieving net zero carbon emissions varies wildly,” said Anderson. “Sustainability metrics and workload placement tools are still immature and not always transparent, making it difficult for organizations to fully and accurately assess true sustainability impacts of their cloud usage today.

“As stakeholders continue to push organizations to improve their sustainability posture, the more progressive providers will share their sustainability information publicly. Increasingly, stakeholder pressure will prompt them to include it in company disclosures, compliance and reporting.”

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