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November 9, 2023

Climatiq and Cisco join forces to add carbon intelligence to cloud services and advance IT decarbonization

Climatiq and Cisco join forces to add carbon intelligence to cloud services and advance IT decarbonization

Following our initial announcements at Cisco LIVE 2023 and the Cisco Partner Summit 2023, we're excited to share that the Climatiq Cloud Carbon Insights app has officially launched on the Cisco Observability Platform exchange. This new integration showcases the application of embedded carbon intelligence, empowering businesses with direct access to environmental impact metrics alongside actionable tools to reduce their carbon footprint. Cisco users can now embed emissions intelligence into their existing architecture, allowing for more informed decisions that align with sustainability goals.

The Cisco Observability Platform provides composable monitoring solutions for cloud applications. Climatiq is among the first development partners to offer native integrations to extend observability features. Our module allows users to seamlessly track, forecast, and reduce emissions associated with their IT operations. These insights are integrated alongside other key performance metrics to enable users to analyze their carbon footprint, and take action towards net-zero goals.

Real-time data enables impactful IT strategies

One major hurdle in managing sustainability is the scarcity of actionable data. The necessary data is oftentimes buried within different departments and typically captured in reports only once a year. 

IT leaders are not exempt from this struggle. When data is this fragmented and stale, it becomes challenging to put it into action and apply it in a way that could meaningfully reduce emissions, especially within the dynamic realm of IT operations. 

Climatiq’s Cloud Carbon Insights module enables users to accurately track and monitor their carbon footprint in real-time across various assets such as CPU, memory, and storage, regardless of the context—whether at the cluster, workload, or host level.

This integrated solution is underpinned by the industry's largest dataset of vetted emission factors. Our methodology is scientifically validated and backed by a dedicated Scientific Advisory Board, adhering to industry standards including the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO 14064. This ensures the precision and reliability of every calculation.  

Climatiq embeds carbon metrics into IT resource planning

With carbon emerging as a critical KPI for organizations, there is a growing need for IT leaders to consider carbon emissions in resource planning, system design and architecture. The partnership between Cisco and Climatiq enables a number of important use cases:

  1. Optimizing server utilization: With the Climatiq module, Cisco users can identify emissions from idle assets and decommission them to reduce the footprint of their cloud infrastructure. Understanding resource utilization is the first step for IT leaders to make informed decisions and strategize for the future.
  1. Spatial load shifting: Electricity grids have unique energy mixes and emissions profiles in different regions. By switching to data centers in regions with cleaner energy sources, computing carbon emissions can be significantly reduced. Ongoing evolution of these grids means it's imperative to have up-to-date data in order to make informed decisions about geographical load shifting.
  1. Temporal load shifting: Renewable energy is intermittent. This means that the carbon impact of energy consumption varies throughout the day. With real-time emissions data, IT leaders can choose to run computing operations when the energy supply is greener.

Cisco and Climatiq help IT leaders operationalize sustainability

Hessam Lavi, CEO and co-founder of Climatiq, said: “Accurately assessing carbon emissions within complex IT infrastructures is a significant challenge for organizations.  Our partnership with Cisco offers IT leaders access to credible, real-time carbon footprint insights that can be integrated directly into resource planning. Embedding carbon metrics at the point of action means IT leaders can accelerate their organizations towards net zero goals.”

Ronak Desai, Senior Vice President & GM, AppDynamics & Full-Stack Observability, said: “Today’s newly released modules, which are available now on the Cisco Observability Platform exchange, showcase how we’re empowering a community that creates more insightful, useful observability applications. We’re excited to continue working with our partners to build and provide new and unique use cases to our customers that help them achieve their specific business needs — no matter where they are on their observability journeys.”

Find Cisco’s full press release here