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Certified Green  Computing

Architect(CGCA)

 

 

 

Course SDOGCT

Strategizing Designing & Optimizing  Green Computing Technologies

 

Duration :3 Days

 

Exam CGCA01

Exam Duration:60 minutes

Exam Type MCQ,Closed Book,

Proctored

No: of Questions:40 

 

 

Certified Green Computing Professional (CGCP)

 

 

 

 

 

Course IMOGCT

Implementing  Maintaining and Optimizing Green Computing Technologies

 

Duration:5 days

 

Exam CGCP02

 Exam Duration:60 minutes

Exam Type MCQ,Closed Book,

Proctored

No: of Questions:40 

 

 

Certified Green Computing User  Specialist (CGCUS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course UUGCT Understanding & Utilizing  Green Computing Technologies

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Exam CGCUS03

Exam Duration:

60 minutes

Exam Type MCQ,Closed Book,

Proctored

No: of Questions:40 

  

The Information Technology (IT) industry is currently responsible for three percent of the world’s energy consumption. This rate of consumption of energy is increasing by twenty percent annually, making 2030 the year when the IT industry will be responsible for doubling the world’s energy demands. As it stands currently, the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy generation globally amount to twenty one billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). This figure is set to skyrocket as we reach 2020 when the size of the digital world is poised to increase by forty four times.

  Green computing technologies which encompasses technologies such as cloud computing, grid computing, virtualization, data centre energy efficiency and power optimization are increasingly becoming prevalent within the IT industry for four first-rate reasons.  Firstly, green computing technologies allow an organization to significantly reduce IT energy costs by driving down energy consumption by up to fifty percent. Secondly, green computing technologies allow for a more sustainable approach to protecting the world’s environment through the reduction of carbon emissions. Thirdly, embarking on green computing endeavours allow an organization to progressively prepare for eventual regulations and carbon taxes. Finally, obtaining public recognition and increased brand loyalty adds to the already pertinent list of advantages an organization will derive from embarking on a sustainable computing initiative.

 The Information Technology for Corporate Sustainability Framework (ITCSF) is a methodology that can be utilised by organizations to embark on corporate sustainability efforts by exploiting the low hanging fruits which is the greening of IT components of business processes. ITCSF is supported by four foundation principles. These principles are:

IT Infrastructure works across the organization crosscutting business processes.

The inclusion of two additional Rs in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle concept. Rethink & Re-engineer.

     Utilizing IT as the enabler for Resource Intelligence.

     Utilizing the Green Computing Lifecycle to the whole sustainability strategy.

 

          As businesses ramps up for the coming years, sustainability is at the top of the minds of  C-level (Chief) executives and IT managers. It is now a major focus for organizations, and executives are considering how it pays, how it doesn’t and where it counts to make changes. In the past three years, many organizations discovered that sustainable practices in Information Technology can strengthen their reputation, improve employee morale, deliver cost savings, and benefit the environment. IT is so pervasive that energy efficiency through the implementation of green computing has moved to center stage for many companies in their pursuit of environmentally helpful practices.

   A carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2.  Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame. Usually a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year.

 

  To be carbon neutral is to balance the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by a particular activity, like flying, driving or operating a data center, with an equal amount of carbon sequestration or carbon offsets from a third party. To be considered carbon neutral, an individual or organization must reduce its carbon footprint to zero.

 A carbon offset is a credit that an individual or organization can purchase to negate a carbon footprint, thereby achieving carbon neutrality. Revenue generated from the purchase of offsets is typically invested in environmentally friendly projects.

 Greenwashing is the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice. The term is generally used when significantly more money or time has been spent advertising being green (that is, operating with consideration for the environment), rather than spending resources on environmentally sound practices.  This is often portrayed by changing the name or label of a product to evoke the natural environment or nature—for example, putting an image of a forest on a bottle containing harmful chemicals.

The Green Computing Initiative maintains a holistic view covering the entire lifecycle of a green computing service, Don’t just answer the how questions, but also why?

• Why does a user need this green computing service?

• Why should the customer purchase green computing services from us?

• Why should we provide (x) levels of availability, capacity and continuity?

 By first asking these questions it enables a green computing service provider to provide overall strategic objectives for the IT organization, which will then be used to direct how green computing services are designed, transitioned, supported and improved in order to deliver optimum value to customers and stakeholders.

 The ultimate success of green computing service management is indicated by the strength of the relationship between users and service providers. The 5 phases of the Green Computing Lifecycle provide the necessary guidance to achieve this success. Together they provide a body of knowledge and set of good practices for successful green computing service management.

 Although there are 5 phases throughout the Lifecycle, they are not separate, nor are the phases necessarily carried out in a particular order. The whole philosophy of the Green Computing Lifecycle approach is that each phase will affect the other, creating a continuous cycle.

For this to work successfully, the Continual Service Improvement phase is incorporated throughout all of the other phases. It is important to note that most of the processes defined do not get executed within only one lifecycle phase.

 Strategy Phase: Determine the needs, priorities, demands and relative importance for desired green computing services. Identifies the value being created through services and the predicted financial resources required to design, deliver and support them.

 Design Phase: Designs the infrastructure, processes and support mechanisms needed to meet the availability requirements of the customer. 

 Implementation Phase: Validates that the green computing service meets the functional and technical fitness criteria to justify release to the customer.

 Operations Phase: Monitors the ongoing Availability being provided. During this phase we also manage and resolve incidents that affect green computing service availability.

 Continual Service Improvement Phase: Coordinates the collection of data, information and knowledge regarding the quality and performance of green computing services supplied and service management activities performed.

 Processes can be defined as a structured set of coordinated activities designed to produce an outcome and provide value to customers or stakeholders. A process takes one or more inputs and through the activities performed turns them into defined outputs. All processes should be measurable and performance driven (not just time, but measuring overall efficiency including cost, effort and other resources used). Processes are strategic assets when they create competitive advantage and market differentiation. Processes may define roles, responsibilities, tools, management controls, policies, standards, guidelines, activities and work instructions if they are needed. A process owner is the person responsible for ensuring that the process is fit for the desired purpose and is accountable for the outputs of that process. A process manager is the person responsible for the operational management of a process. There may be several Managers for the one process or the same person may be both the process owner and process manager (typically in smaller organizations).

 Functions refer to the logical grouping of roles and automated measures that execute a defined process, an activity or combination of both. The functions within the Operations stage are needed to manage the ‘steady state’ operation IT environment.  Just like in sports where each player will have a specific role to play in the overall team strategy, Green Computing Functions define the different roles and responsibilities required for the overall design, delivery and management Green Computing services.