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Category: Sustainability

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Optimizing your AWS Infrastructure for Sustainability, Part IV: Databases

In Part I: Compute, Part II: Storage, and Part III: Networking of this series, we introduced strategies to optimize the compute, storage, and networking layers of your AWS architecture for sustainability. This post, Part IV, focuses on the database layer and proposes recommendations to optimize your databases’ utilization, performance, and queries. These recommendations are based […]

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Author Spotlight: Margaret O’Toole, WW Tech Leader in Sustainability at AWS

The Author Spotlight series pulls back the curtain on some of AWS’s most prolific authors. Read on to find out more about our very own Margaret O’Toole’s journey, in her own words! My favorite part of working at AWS is collaborating with my peers. Over the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure to work […]

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Architecting for sustainability: a re:Invent 2021 recap

At AWS re:Invent 2021, we announced the AWS Well-Architected Sustainability Pillar, which marks sustainability as a key pillar of building workloads to best deliver on business need. In session ARC325 – Architecting for Sustainability, Adrian Cockcroft, Steffen Grunwald, and Drew Engelson (Director of Engineering at Starbucks) gave a detailed explanation of what to expect from the […]

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ML lifecycle

Optimize AI/ML workloads for sustainability: Part 3, deployment and monitoring

We’re celebrating Earth Day 2022 from 4/22 through 4/29 with posts that highlight how to build, maintain, and refine your workloads for sustainability. AWS estimates that inference (the process of using a trained machine learning [ML] algorithm to make a prediction) makes up 90 percent of the cost of an ML model. Given with AWS you […]

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Ask an Expert – Sustainability

In this first edition of Ask an Expert, we chat with Margaret O’Toole, Worldwide Tech Leader – Environmental Sustainability and Joseph Beer, Worldwide Tech Leader – Power and Utilities about sustainability solutions and tools to implement sustainability practices into IT design. When putting together an AWS architecture to solve business problems specifically for sustainability-focused customers, […]

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A collection of posts to help you design and build sustainable cloud architecture

We’re celebrating Earth Day 2022 from 4/22 through 4/29 with posts that highlight how to build, maintain, and refine your workloads for sustainability. A blog can be a great starting point for you in finding and implementing a particular solution; learning about new features, services, and products; keeping up with the latest trends and ideas; […]

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Shared responsibility model for sustainability

Improve workload sustainability with services and features from re:Invent 2021

At our recent annual AWS re:Invent 2021 conference, we had important announcements regarding sustainability, including the new Sustainability Pillar for AWS Well-Architected Framework and the AWS Customer Carbon Footprint Tool. In this blog post, I highlight services and features from these announcements to help you design and optimize your AWS workloads from a sustainability perspective. […]

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ML lifecycle

Optimize AI/ML workloads for sustainability: Part 2, model development

More complexity often means using more energy, and machine learning (ML) models are becoming bigger and more complex. And though ML hardware is getting more efficient, the energy required to train these ML models is increasing sharply. In this series, we’re following the phases of the Well-Architected machine learning lifecycle (Figure 1) to optimize your […]

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Optimize AI/ML workloads for sustainability: Part 1, identify business goals, validate ML use, and process data

Training artificial intelligence (AI) services and machine learning (ML) workloads uses a lot of energy—and they are becoming bigger and more complex. As an example, the Carbontracker: Tracking and Predicting the Carbon Footprint of Training Deep Learning Models study estimates that a single training session for a language model like GPT-3 can have a carbon footprint […]

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AWS architecture for sustainable IoT devices

Optimizing Your IoT Devices for Environmental Sustainability

To become more environmentally sustainable, customers commonly introduce Internet of Things (IoT) devices. These connected devices collect and analyze data from commercial buildings, factories, homes, cars, and other locations to measure, understand, and improve operational efficiency. (There will be an estimated 24.1 billion active IoT devices by 2030 according to Transforma Insights.) IoT devices offer […]

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