We’ve uncovered another reason for CIOs to loathe technical debt, especially in an era when businesses face increasing pressure to improve energy efficiency: Technical debt wastes energy and undercuts ESG initiatives.
Here’s why that’s a problem, along with tips on how to make technical debt reduction a part of your data center sustainability strategy.
The energy impact of technical debt
The reason why technical debt – meaning inefficient IT processes or resources that businesses could improve, but which they choose not to improve – harms sustainability is simple enough: Technical debt leads to inefficiency, inefficiency translates to higher resource consumption by workloads and higher resource consumption means that the infrastructure hosting workloads requires more energy to run (not to mention more power to cool).
To put that in a real-world context, consider the technical debt example of a poorly coded application that consumes 20 percent more CPU than it would if its algorithms were optimized. 20 percent higher CPU usage will increase the energy consumption of the application by a similar amount.
Beyond technical debt: Other sources of energy waste
It’s not just instances