Targeting Idle Workloads
“We also want to give you the tools to act on the data,” Pichai said. “So today, we are introducing a new tool that will alert you when you have idle workloads and make recommendations to reduce carbon emissions. It’s all part of our goal to help make your cloud transformation secure and sustainable and solve for what‘s next.”
As part of these new sustainability tools, the Unattended Project Recommender API will include a carbon emissions savings estimate from removed idle resources and Active Assist Recommender will include a sustainability category, according to the company.
“By deleting these projects, not only can customers reduce their costs and mitigate security risks, but they can also reduce their carbon emissions,” said Jen Bennett, a technical director in Google Cloud’s office of the chief technology officer. “For example, we identified over 600,000 kilograms of CO2 equivalent in August associated with projects that Active Assist recommended for cleanup or reclamation.”