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GSA ITC Executive on sustainability and the cloud

“Consolidating federal data centers and encouraging cloud computing adoption is supposed to support sustainability, but according to a government watchdog, little is known about the impact of these policies on federal energy consumption. Acquisition leaders are trying to inject sustainability policies into government buying practices and will get advice from a new federal advisory committee that is being established to look at issues of climate and sustainability in federal procurement.

‘When we begin to talk about things such as transitioning to the cloud, not only are we talking about the capabilities, the scalability, we also are beginning to integrate the importance of sustainability into that,’ Laura Stanton, the General Services Administration’s Assistant commissioner for the Information Technology Category, said at an industry event on Tuesday…”

“When asked about the relative impact of cloud versus traditional data centers, a GSA spokesperson told FCW that ‘properly managed cloud environments offer the greatest reduction of energy consumption.’

The trend towards cloud computing has resulted in ‘significantly larger data centers,’ according to a 2016 report by the Department of Energy, that are more efficient than traditional data centers in terms of server utilization and power usage…”

“Soon the agency will also be getting input from a new Government Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Committee focused on sustainability, announced last month. According to GSA, the committee will advise the agency on acquisition tools and authorities to target sustainability initiatives.

‘We’ll be continuing those conversations and looking at how we continue to both understand the opportunities that sustainability brings, and the opportunity to integrate those into future acquisitions,’ Stanton said. ‘We will be working with our suppliers to address climate change and risk in the delivery of critical products and services to the federal customer base.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Sustainability and the cloud – By Natalie Alms, May 3, 2022. FCW.

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