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“Sustainability goes far beyond Green IT”

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Sustainability in IT operations and data centers has become one of the main challenges that companies face. Being sustainable makes it easier for companies to minimize their carbon footprint, reduce their costs, increase their productivity and improve their brand image among consumers who are increasingly concerned about the future of the planet. However, to be sustainable in an effective and sustained way over time, it is essential to have the right partner.

One of those partners is VMware, a technology company with which on January 25 we organized the webinar “How VMware helps you reduce your environmental impact” and which we encourage you to attend if you are interested in discovering what practices make it easier for your organization to be more sustainable. Before the online meeting is held, we warm up our engines by interviewing Luis Altes (Senior Business Solutions Strategist of VMware) one of the experts who will participate in the webinar and who gives us some more than interesting headlines about what we will talk about in a few weeks.

[MCPRO] What weight do sustainability policies currently have in companies?

[Lluis Altes] We have been talking about ESG in general and sustainability in particular for years, but it is now when we see that everything is accelerating. The current energy crisis is likely to have a pandemic-like accelerating effect with teleworking. The time for major environmental commitments by senior management is giving way to responding with concrete and measurable actions to achieve those commitments. Sustainability policies have increasing weight because they are critical to our future.

[MCPRO] How has your perception changed in recent years? And how has consumer perception changed?

[Lluis Altes] There is increasing awareness and there are more and more leaders who are clear that economic, social and environmental benefits must be generated. It is clear that companies are there to make money, but the big difference is that this is no longer enough to have the approval of customers and markets.

Companies, governments and citizens are immersed in an evolution in which our survival is at stake. As with all of today’s great challenges, technology has a great opportunity to be part of the solution. Consider, for example, that the energy consumed by networks and data centers is greater than that consumed by Germany. This implies that, although it seems that our impact is small, the sum is huge.

[MCPRO] What role do you think technology plays right now in the transition towards a more sustainable future? Does sustainability go beyond Green IT?

[Lluis Altes] Technology plays a fundamental role. It is important that we understand that we are facing one of the most complex challenges in human history and that we cannot solve it alone. At VMware we have always been pioneers in everything related to using technology for the common good and now we are further promoting everything related to co-innovation with our customers and partners.

Answering the second part of the question, without a doubt, sustainability goes far beyond Green IT. You have to consider all possible angles and not rule out any, even if you have to prioritize. Hot topics like Sustainable IT, eWaste, or sustainable software development come to mind, with the goal of increasing overall application efficiency and reducing space and power consumption requirements.

[MCPRO] How can technology companies help reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of their customers?

[Lluis Altes] At VMware Explore, our CTO, Kit Colbert, stressed that we must accelerate energy transformation. To the aforementioned importance of networks and data centers in energy consumption (211% growth expected until 2030), we must add the predictions that indicate that the total demand for energy based on ICT will grow by 60% in the same period. time frame. This is totally unsustainable.

We know that our industry has done incredible work to improve the world in the past. I have no doubt that together — customers, suppliers and governments — we have an opportunity to make a difference in this dire landscape and have a positive impact on energy problems in the short term.

[MCPRO] What initiatives and strategies is VMware implementing to reduce its environmental impact and promote the sustainability of the technology industry? What is your Zero Carbon Committed commitment and how is it developing?

[Lluis Altes] We have a very strong commitment to the ESG criteria that are summarized in our 2030 Agenda. In it we define 30 objectives around sustainability, equity and trust.

VMware’s Zero Carbon Committed initiative is a great example of the multiplier effect of co-innovating. Providers that are part of this program earn the Cloud Verified label because they have set goals to power their data centers with 100% renewable energy or achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

A critical piece of achieving this is running data center environments more efficiently, using the full suite of virtualized compute, storage, and networking that make up VMware’s software-defined data center infrastructure. Imagine a customer looking for a cloud provider that prioritizes carbon and energy reduction, or is a cloud provider that wants to commit very publicly to reducing energy consumption; It is clear that being part of the Zero Carbon Committed is a good start.

[MCPRO] What are some of the most innovative and effective solutions you have seen to promote technological sustainability in the industry?

[Lluis Altes] Adoption of our multi-cloud suite of solutions helps our clients on their path to sustainability. These solutions allow customers to achieve higher utilization; consolidate and further reduce computing, storage and network infrastructure; facilitate server upgrades and migrations to more efficient servers and data centers, and facilitate data center consolidations; significantly reduce business continuity and disaster recovery infrastructure; and take advantage of public cloud solutions powered by renewable energy.


Along the lines of working side by side with our clients and partners, I can tell you about some truly inspiring projects. Not only because of the sustainability value proposition, but also because they are projects in production. We worked with a leading telecommunications provider in Europe to move part of their virtual machines from vSphere to VMware Cloud Foundation. With this, they are managing to reduce their carbon footprint by between 20% and 30% thanks to improving VM density and reducing network and storage infrastructure.

Hypervisors are another interesting use case because they enable energy savings through compute lifecycle management. By turning off resources when they’re not needed, consolidate workloads onto fewer resources as they age, and make resources last longer through dynamic lifecycle management.

[MCPRO] What role should public administrations play to encourage companies to be more sustainable?

[Lluis Altes] Public administrations are playing a fundamental role in this transformation with their double role as legislator and user of technology. On the one hand, since these are issues that are still being regulated, their decisions are essential for the promises to be fulfilled. For this, it is essential to define regulatory frameworks where it is clear what should be measured and how. Right now we are experiencing a debate about what should be included in the definition of the supply chain, something not trivial when there are companies that have several thousand suppliers.

On the other hand, the different administrations have to be a catalyst for ESG digital convergence throughout the business fabric, from large corporations to SMEs. For this reason, it is very important that they continue to modernize their infrastructures and applications to provide public employees with secure hybrid workspaces and offer first-class services to citizens and companies.

How VMware helps you reduce your environmental impact

On January 25th we will celebrate our live webinar “How Vmware helps you reduce your environmental impact” and in which you will discover from the best VMware experts why technological sustainability is important, what initiatives and strategies the company is implementing. company to reduce its environmental impact and how you can use its technology to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. In this webinar you will discover:

  • What is technological sustainability and why is it important for companies.
  • What practices favor technological sustainability and what are the main challenges they have to overcome
    the companies.
  • How VMware has become a champion of sustainability: Zero Carbon commitment.
  • How VMware technology can help you make your business more sustainable.

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Microsoft increases the staff of its artificial intelligence center in Barcelona by a hundred

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After the company announced a total of 10,000 layoffs worldwide, representing 5% of its workforce, Microsoft is now announcing the hiring of 100 new employees for its artificial intelligence (AI) center in Barcelona. This new wave of hiring, which contrasts with the economic recession and job cuts in the technology sector, adds to the 80 people who have joined the center in recent months.

That Microsoft hires 100 new employees for its AI center is not trivial, since since its opening in September 2021 its activity and productivity based on the development of models on artificial intelligence have not stopped growing. And it is that this space, attached to the division WebXT (Web Experiences Team), works to improve services such as Azure, Bing or Windows.

Microsoft seeks to strengthen its technology hub in Barcelona by attracting talent in new vacancies for specialists in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Software Development and Data Science.

With implementations in software engineering, data science, and machine learning, new AI models and innovative web experiences can be developed. The goal is to create a diverse work team in gender, culture and nationalities.

The president of Microsoft Spain, Alberto Granadoshas appeared during an event organized by the New Economy Forum and has stated that the employment adjustment plan will not affect the data center projects that exist in our country, although they will give priority to certain areas in order to face new challenges and projects .

However, he values ​​the global layoffs as a conservative and positive lineafter having increased its workforce by more than 50% in recent years.

Granados has assured that the layoffs from Microsoft will neither reach Spain nor will they affect the construction of data centers in Madridas well as the launch of his cloud region. Similarly, it ensures that the data centers of Meco, Algete and San Sebastián de los Reyes will have a impact of 15,000 million euros in the national economy and will generate 50,000 jobs.

A clear commitment to AI

The AI ​​center in Barcelona is the fourth that Microsoft has opened in Europe, after those in London, Paris and Munich, the eighth in the world and the first in Spain. It must be taken into account that AI does not stop growing and that, in addition to having been declared ‘the word of the year’ by the FundéuRAE, it is expected to that ends up being fully integrated into the business structure and assuming a brutal transformative effect on the economy.

Since Microsoft announced its investment in Open AI, its commitment to the integration of all Technologys (such as ChatGPT) in its products is complete. Thus, it is sought that it can be applied in Azure or Power Point so that users could generate texts or images organically. The objective of the company in Spain, in the words of Granados himself, is to Mark new opportunities with various Ibex 35 companies.

The WebXT organization It works as a start-up environment where you work on challenges that allow you to improve the consumer experience through optimal products and services such as Bing, Edge and MS News.

Spain, core of digital talent

To speak of Spain is to do it one of the ten countries that most attract and retain digital talent, being the fourth country in Europe, after the United Kingdom, Germany and France, in number of professionals and developers in the cloud. All this represents 10% of professionals certified in advanced Technologys in Europe.

With its new AI center in Barcelona, ​​Microsoft seeks to make Spain and Catalonia a reference in the sector. His plan is to continue working in partnership with universities, research centers and technology companies to promote training in AI and Machine Learning Technologys.

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OpenAI launches a tool to catch those who use ChatGPT and other AIs to generate texts

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OpenAI has announced the launch of a tool to distinguish between human-generated texts and the created by Artificial Intelligence systems, such as ChatGPT and GPT-3. Is named OpenAI AI Text Classifier, and for now it is not excessively accurate, since it has a success rate of 26%. However, according to OpenAI, if used in combination with other systems, it can be useful in preventing users of text-generating AI systems from abusing them.

Until now, mostly because students were starting to cast texts created with ChatGPT as part of their homework. They have also used them in other areas, which has led various institutions to prohibit the use of ChatGPT on their networks and equipment. This is the case of several schools in the United States. They have done so out of fears of the impact they may have on student learning.

Among the entities that have banned ChatGPT is Stack Overflow, whose managers have decided that their users cannot share content generated with ChatGPT, alleging that Artificial Intelligence makes it very easy for users to flood their discussion forums with more than dubious answers to the questions posed.

In other words, their mission will be to help discover those who use texts generated by Artificial Intelligence, ensuring that they have written them, or any other human. Of course, as the company points out, it is best to use it as a complement to other systems for identifying the text source, instead of using it as a primary tool to identify if it is written by humans.

In addition, it is a classification tool considered initial by OpenAI, although the company has decided to launch it to obtain information from its users about its utility. In OpenAI they also assure that they hope to share improved systems in the future, although without specifying.

As with ChatGPT, OpenAI AI Text Classifier is an Artificial Intelligence language model trained with a multitude of publicly available text examples on the web. But unlike said tool, it is tuned to predict the probability that the text it analyzes is generated by any Artificial Intelligence model capable of generating text.

Specifically, OpenAI has trained this tool with text from 34 text generation systems from five different organizations, including OpenAI. This text was matched with somewhat similar human-written text on Wikipedia, websites pulled from links shared on Reddit, and a set of human-written samples compiled by an older OpenAI text generation system.

Text Classifier does not work, yes, with any type of text. You need me to have a minimum of 1,000 characters, or between 150 and 200 words. In addition, it does not detect plagiarism, and according to the company, it is more likely to fail to detect texts written by an AI if the text is written by children or in a language other than English. The latter is mainly due to the fact that the data with which the tool has been trained is fundamentally in English.

The tool, when analyzing a text, displays a response, which determines the probability that the text is or is not generated by Artificial Intelligence. Thus, it will classify it as “very unlikely” that it is generated by an AI when it believes that this probability is less than 10%; “unlikely”, when the probability of this being the case is between 10% and 45%; “not clear” if the probability that it was not written by a human is between 45% and 90%; “possibly” generated by AI if it has between 90% and 98% probability that it is so, and “probably” generated by an AI if the percentage probability exceeds 98%.

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Did you miss the webinar? Find out how to reduce your environmental impact here

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Sustainability in IT operations and data centers has become one of the main challenges that companies face. Being sustainable makes it easier for companies to minimize their carbon footprint, reduce their costs, increase their productivity and improve their brand image among consumers who are increasingly concerned about the future of the planet. However, to be sustainable in an efficient and sustained way over time, it is essential to have the right partner.

A few days ago we held our webinar “How VMware helps you reduce your environmental impact” in which experts from the American multinational told us why it is important for all companies to bet on technological sustainability, what initiatives and strategies the company is implementing. company for reduce your environmental impact and how organizations can use VMware solutions to reduce their carbon footprint

Throughout this virtual meeting we have the participation of Lluis Altés, Senior Business Solutions Strategist at VMware, Clara Arbide
Iberia Regional Business Manager-Cloud Management at VMware and Carlos CarballeiraCloud Management Lead Solution Specialist at VMware, who told us about initiatives like “VMware Zero Carbon Committed” a program to catalyze and accelerate the transition to zero carbon clouds through the company’s associated data centers that are powered by renewable energy sources; or how VMware Aria helps companies become more sustainable, thanks to a cloud management solution that unifies applications, infrastructure and services in private, public and hybrid clouds, from a single platform, with a single data model.

If you missed the webinar or if you want to review some of the most interesting moments of this technical session, you can now do so by clicking on the following link. Do not think twice and discover how you can advance on the path of sustainability.

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