VMware's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives were front and centre at VMWare Explore 2022 as more than 10,000 VMware customers and partners converged in San Francisco to learn about the latest multi-cloud innovations and solutions. As attendees engaged with new technologies, they also learned how ESG topics such as sustainability and equitable workforces are driving more value than ever before in today’s digital business.
Throughout the three day program, VMware executives, partners and customers demonstrated how VMware puts ESG into action, and they shined a spotlight on the uniqueness of the company's ecosystem and its role in running the world’s critical IT infrastructure.
VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram's opening keynote highlighted VMware’s Zero Carbon Committed initiative, a collaborative effort that taps the enormous potential of VMware’s public cloud partner ecosystem. VMware's groundbreaking program advances sustainability across the industry by promoting public cloud providers who are committed to achieving 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centres by 2030, and by connecting them with VMware customers who have net zero goals.
VMware Explore 2022 guests also enjoyed numerous breakout sessions and workshops focused on ESG, including:
- Innovating Using a Sustainable Solution for High-Performance Computing and AI: High-performance computing (HPC) help organisations drive innovation. While the adoption of HPC is increasing, these infrastructures may be running on inefficient on-premises infrastructure. The session detailed a modernised approach for managing sustainable HPC environments by Responsible Compute leveraging an integrated VMware Cloud stack with the industry leading Rescale cloud HPC platform. Attendees learned how organisations can meet their carbon neutral goals without sacrificing performance or HPC capabilities.
- Customer Story: Nature Fresh Farms Grows with VMware and Dell: Canada-based Nature Fresh Farms uses today’s farming technology to control and track things such as greenhouse climate settings, watering systems, energy screens, and more. Behind the scenes, they rely on solutions from VMware and Dell Technologies, including VMware SD-WAN, VMware Carbon Black, VMware Horizon, and Dell VxRail. Keith Bradley, vice president of IT at Nature Fresh Farms, shared how VMware and Dell helped the company scale their business with ease, connect far-flung locations, conserve energy, and protect their infrastructure.
- How EUC Aligns With and Helps Achieve ESG Goals: Organisations and investors around the world are making commitments to environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. The session demonstrated how end-user computing (EUC) can be a significant part of all three of these goals. As one example, EUC enables remote work, reducing commute emissions and making job opportunities more equitable.
- Go Digital AND Sustainable: One of the largest utilities in the Middle East recently completed a digital transformation that enabled it to independently operate substations as a network of smart-grid-enabled power plants. Another objective in this transformation was to create a more sustainable and secure environment by reducing carbon footprint. Attendees learned how they can enable sustainability goals and achieve carbon-neutral growth by partnering with VMware Technical Account Managers to perform a decarbonisation assessment process and create sustainability reporting and optimisation utilising vRealize Operations.
ESG is top of mind across the VMware ecosystem and the industry. As customers dive further into their multi-cloud strategies, they can expect to see more innovations that add value by enabling both ESG and business goals.
Did you miss VMware Explore this year? You can still view the above sessions on demand, along with many more, by visiting the VMware Explore 2022 webpage. For a complete list of ESG-related sessions at VMware Explore 2022, check out the ESG Playlist.