Green IT Settings

This section describes how to configure the global settings of the Green IT extension embedded with the TSPS Component.

Configure the Green IT Extension

The Green IT extension relies on the electricity rate and the CO₂ emissions data you provide to calculate the electricity cost and the carbon footprint of each monitored hardware device.

Electricity Rate and CO₂ Emissions

You need to provide the electricity rate and, the estimated CO₂ emissions that the Green IT extension will use to calculate the cost of electricity and carbon footprint of your monitored environment. The Green IT engine first tries to calculate the energy cost and the CO₂ emissions based on the Group Settings. If this information is missing, the Global Settings is used instead. It is therefore recommended to always configure the Global Settings.

Property Description
Electricity Rate ($/kWh) Price of the kWh of electricity used to calculate the energy cost of the physical systems in your monitored infrastructure. Refer to your energy contract to know the tariff by kilowatt/hour charged by your supplier.
CO₂ Emissions (kg/kWh) CO₂ emissions in kg per kWh used to calculate the total carbon emissions based on the electricity consumed by physical systems in your monitored infrastructure. Click the inline to use the Carbon Emission per Electricity Generation Type as a reference to evaluate the carbon footprint of your IT infrastructure based on the energy source you are using.

Electricity pricing for your organization is probably much more complex than a simple dollar per kWh rate. Various billing mechanisms include tiering, time of use, peak demand, etc. In this case, we recommend using the average flat rate applicable in the facility where your monitored systems are located.

Note: The Dollar currency ($) is used generically to represent one monetary unit and not the US dollar specifically. You may decide that '$' represents the currency applicable in your region. Make sure, however, to use the same currency in all locations because the electricity costs of applications and services that pan across several data centers in different locations (with different currencies) will be aggregated together to represent the overall costs of each application and service.

Global Settings

By default, the Green IT extension relies on the Global Settings to calculate the energy cost and carbon footprint for all physical systems in your monitored environment.

  1. Log on to the TrueSight Console.
  2. From the navigation pane, select Green IT > Settings. Configure Global Settings
  3. In the Global Settings section, click inline and enter the Electricity Rate as charged by your energy provider (per kWh). Press Enter to validate. Configuring Global Settings
  4. Click inline and enter the amount of CO₂ Emissions you can estimate according to your energy consumption. Press Enter to validate.

Groups Settings

The Green IT extension uses the information provided in the Groups Settings to calculate the energy cost and carbon footprint for groups of physical systems in your monitored environment. If this information is not specified, the global settings are used by default.

  1. Log on to the TrueSight Console.
  2. From the navigation pane, select Green IT > Settings.
  3. Locate the Group you want to configure. Use the Search field to find a specific group. Use the Search by group name option to filter the groups of the list.
  4. Click inline in the Electricity Rate column and enter the electricity rate as charged by your energy provider (per kWh). Press Enter to validate. Configuring Group Settings
  5. Click inline in the CO₂ Emissions column and enter the amount of CO₂ emissions you can estimate according to your energy consumption. Press Enter to validate.
  6. Repeat the same procedure for CO₂ Emissions.

Once the configuration is complete, the Green IT engine starts computing the energy cost and the CO₂ emissions for all the monitored physical servers and then aggregate these values for each Group, Application and Service.

Refer to the Best Practices chapter to learn more about the key factors that can help you precisely estimate servers’ carbon footprint.

Hardware Sentry TrueSight Server REST API

The Green IT views rely on the Hardware Sentry TrueSight Server REST API. To access the full documentation of the REST API click the OpenApi Documentation icon:

Hardware Sentry TrueSight Server REST API You will be redirected to the swagger user interface where you can browse and try all the available REST endpoints.

Custom settings

You can customize the frequency at which the TPSP component polls the PATROL Agent to collect metrics.

  1. Log on to the TrueSight Console.
  2. From the navigation pane, select Administration > Components.

    Hardware Sentry Component Polling Interval

  3. In the Custom Settings section, enter the polling interval in minutes. By default, the polling interval is set to every 10 minutes.

  4. Click Save to validate.
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