Shared e-Infrastructure allows you to think about the shared use of a data centre, sharing computing capacity or data storage, a shared research data management platform, a shared e-mail environment with a commercial vendor, or a shared application for student administration. Federative Cloud is a special case of ICT infrastructure, delivering and collecting between institutions.
The decline in energy consumption when switching from its own location to ICT infrastructure is mainly due to the larger scale of interconnected ICT equipment. With scale size, the utilization of ICT equipment can be much better optimized, requiring less equipment and thus consuming less energy. In addition, ICT infrastructure is usually younger and the ICT equipment and infrastructure are more energy efficient.
The report and its checklist help institutions to set up their own transition from on-premise ICT to ICT in the e-Infrastructure and to substantiate it with arguments and figures. SURF makes some recommendations for institutions that want to set up their ICT in a more sustainable way. The most important are: demand maximum CO2 and energy efficiency from your e-infrastructure provider; strive for maximum scale in the e-infrastructure and make your own business processes sustainable.
The report was presented on 19 May during the National Day for Sustainability in Higher Education (NDDHO17). During this session, Bob van Graft, Director of IT at the Free University, claimed: "Within the education and research sector, it is worth investigating whether the consolidation of the ICT infrastructure can be addressed in a similar manner to the consolidation of the National Data Centers. At least one ICT infrastructure should be sustainable."
You can now download the report and the associated checklist.