HP: Trust us with your green IT, sustainability strategy

Building on both its own tools -- and applications from a new ecosystem of partners -- Hewlett-Packard is launching a suite of technology-enabled sustainability management services.Packaged under the broad name, HP Energy and Sustainability Management (ESM), HP has packaged up nine different services that are aimed at helping companies create a more unified approach to their sustainability strategy, using IT (of course) to help keep everything in line.

Building on both its own tools -- and applications from a new ecosystem of partners -- Hewlett-Packard is launching a suite of technology-enabled sustainability management services.

Packaged under the broad name, HP Energy and Sustainability Management (ESM), HP has packaged up nine different services that are aimed at helping companies create a more unified approach to their sustainability strategy, using IT (of course) to help keep everything in line. Jay Allardyce, worldwide director, growth initiatives, Energy and Sustainability Management, HP Enterprise Business, says many of the specific energy and carbon management activities of enterprise businesses are managed local, "although the company needs to have a unified voice." HP aims to help companies find that voice through these services.

The services that are part of HP's energy and sustainability portfolio -- one that will set it up in directly competition with IBM's Smart Planet services offerings include:

  • HP Energy and Sustainability Discovery Workshop, where goals and strategies are set
  • HP Energy and Sustainability Roadmap Service, which sets out short-term action plans
  • HP Energy and Sustainability Baselining Service, which provides a starting point for reductions and adjustments
  • HP Energy and Carbon Reporting Service, a comprehensive inventory of footprints (from carbon to water)
  • HP Buildings Energy Efficiency Analysis Service, a focus on electromechanical inefficiencies that might make facilities less green than possible
  • HP Buildings Water Usage Analysis, focused information on water consumption habits
  • HP Critical Facility Sustainability Tradeoff Analysis, an analysis of the impact that certain data center design approaches might have
  • HP Critical Facilities Energy Certification Service, a service for helping achieve certifications such as LEED or the EPA's Energy Star for Data Centers
  • HP Resource Usage Monitoring Service, monitoring of real-time water and energy usage

Two early partners in HP's green IT and sustainability services lines are Hara and C3, says Allardyce. Both companies provide enterprise applications that are aimed at helping automate the process of collecting and analyzing energy consumption data and other environmental metrics. With these tools -- as well as other technologies that will become part of the HP ESM ecosystem, Allardyce says HP will strive to help executives take a strategic approach toward optimizing cash flow by using visibility into energy, carbon, water and other resources often associated with corporate sustainability strategy.

As you might expect, HP hasn't published pricing associated with these services; it will vary depending on the scope of your operations and the locations you choose to focus on managing.