November 8, 2023

Understand the Carbon Impact of Your Kubernetes Environment

Amir Banet
CEO & Co-Founder

The rapid adoption of Kubernetes has led to an exponential surge in demand for cloud computing resources and services. This has transformed the application infrastructure for many organizations which in turn, resulted in cloud resources becoming a significant contributor to climate change.

Recently, an MIT Research Commission Report has “determined that the carbon footprint from cloud computing has now surpassed the airline industry and that a single data center consumes the equivalent electricity as 50,000 homes.”

With tightening carbon emission regulations in Europe and North America, and an increasing number of enterprises striving to reduce their overall carbon footprint, sustainable technology has emerged as one of the Top 10 Tech Trends of 2024 according to Gartner. Furthermore, the report predicts that by 2027, a quarter of C-level executives will have their compensation linked to the impact of sustainable technology. 

In this landscape, understanding and quantifying the carbon footprint of applications in multi-cloud, highly distributed Kubernetes environments has become a complex challenge. Organizations simply do not have the visibility they need to understand their current carbon output and what steps they can take to reduce it.  

Introducing PerfectScales Carbon Footprint Visibility 

Helping enterprises reduce their carbon output is a goal that the entire team at PerfectScale is deeply passionate about as we strive to make a positive impact not only on our customers but also on the environment and the better good of humanity.  

We are excited to announce new capabilities that allow our users to visualize, track, and reduce the carbon impact of Kubernetes clusters running in AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).  

Now when using PerfectScale to right-size and right-scale your Kubernetes environment, not only will you see reductions in your cloud costs, but also reductions in your overall carbon footprint.  This will drastically simplify our user's journey towards environmentally sustainable applications.  

How it Works 

Our carbon footprint visibility comes out of the box and starts tracking your emissions immediately after deploying our agent to your clusters. 

The functionality works for any clusters running on AWS, Azure, and GCP.  We take into account both the types of nodes and the geographic region of each cluster to give an accurate picture of the carbon emissions across your environment.

The Carbon Emissions reflects Scope 1 and 2 emissions:

- Scope 1: The emissions based on the size of your infrastructure and how much energy it consumes.

- Scope 2: Based on the emissions released when generating the power supplied to the data center your infrastructure resides, which can be more efficient in some areas do to regional regulations or access to greener energey.

Additionally, reducing your carbon footprint can be done autonomously with our PerfectScaler solutions, meaning actions will be taken automatically to lower your carbon footprint without impacting performance or resilience.  

Viewing your Carbon Footprint

You can view both the carbon footprint of your Kubernetes environment and the individual cluster level in the “Overview’ section of the platform.  

To ensure that every company can get a clear picture of their carbon footprint, along with the insights needed to reduce their overall carbon emissions, this new capability is available as part of our free, 30-day trial. Join us on our mission to reduce the overall carbon impact of Kubernetes, as we all strive to improve the environmental sustainability of applications the world relies on.

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PerfectScale announces Kubernetes Carbon Footprint visibility at KubecCon Chicago. Read the announcement.
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