Go green: Sustainable disaster recovery using Google Cloud
- Are there some parts of your application that can withstand a longer recovery time objective (RTO) than others?
- Can you make use of Google Cloud storage as part of your DR configuration?
- Can you get closer to a cold DR pattern, and thus optimize your personal energy consumption?
3. Production on another cloud, with Google Cloud as the DR site
As with running production on-prem, your overall carbon footprint is a combination of what you use outside of Google Cloud and what you’re running on Google Cloud (which is carbon neutral). If you’re running production on another cloud, you should investigate the sustainability characteristics of its infrastructure relative to your own sustainability goals. There are multiple ways to achieve carbon neutrality, and many providers are on different journeys towards their own sustainability goals. For the past three years, Google focused on matching its electricity consumption with renewable energy, and in September 2020 set a target to source carbon-free energy 24/7 for every data center. We believe these commitments will help our cloud customers meet their own sustainability targets.
Regardless of which scenario applies to your organization, using Google Cloud for DR is an easy way to lower your energy consumption. When Google Cloud says we partner with our customers, we really mean it. We meet our customers where they are, and we are grateful for our customers who work with us by forecasting their resource consumption so we know where to focus our data center expansion. Our data centers are designed to achieve net-zero emissions and are optimized for maximum utilization. The resulting benefits get passed to our customers, who in turn can lower their carbon footprint. When it comes to sustainability, we get more done when we work together.