CSU has recently taken a number of steps to improve ICT sustainability including:
Steps you can take to support sustainable ICT systems in place across CSU include:
Relocation of the data centres to Sydney from Wagga and Bathurst in 2016 - impactful
"There have been several significant improvements at CSU in the Sustainable Information Communication Technology framework since the benchmarking workshop held back in December 2014. These include increased awareness amongst DIT staff, to look for opportunities to make sustainability improvements that align with their work priorities. Sustainability improvements have been included in existing activities. Other changes have been improved power management of audio visual and video conferencing equipment and personal computing devices (PCD) and the overall visibility and management of power use for staff PCD's.
However, the most significant change was the Data Centre Strategy which has resulted in the decommissioning of the data centres at Wagga Wagga and Bathurst in 2016. This had the biggest impact in terms of terms of energy savings and reducing our environmental footprint. It improved the efficiency of our power usage in one of our biggest power consumption areas.
Before the Data Centre Strategy was implemented, we had limited visibility of the power we used. We had outdated and inefficient sustainability technologies in the data centres that support the whole university. A big financial and sustainability cost was running the air conditioners in inefficient computer rooms to cool servers, storage and communications equipment.
Firstly, we undertook a rationalisation of the amount of devices that drew power. We decommissioned and removed technology that was not needed, improved the penetration of virtualised servers and storage, and were able to turn off old devices which had a significant impact. Improvements have been made in the overall amount and type of ITC equipment required.
The second step involved a major shift in the physical IT infrastructure to more efficient data centre environments in Sydney. Now, the new Macquarie Telecom Data Centres have much better energy efficiency by using best practice technologies in climate control. This has resulted in significant savings in power consumption. We have less waste because we have rationalised the servers and put them in advanced efficient locations, which has driven down power consumption and costs."
By Phil Roy, Director of Applications and Integration, Division of Information Technology, 2017.