Intelligent CIO North America Issue 17 - Page 66


Zscaler powers data centers with renewable energy

Zscaler , a leader in cloud security , has announced that it achieved 100 % renewable energy , through a combination of directly purchased renewable energy and Renewable Energy Credits ( RECs ) for its offices and 150 + data centers that run the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange .

Zscaler ’ s cloud-based architecture enables customers to improve their security posture and user experience while reducing the need to purchase , maintain and power on-premises security hardware , thus enabling customers to reduce their IT equipment overhead and consequently their energy usage .
Taking a methodical approach to addressing its environmental impact , Zscaler has built its cloud security platform in more than 150 data centers across the world – strategically placed where customers are located – with many already operating on 100 % renewable energy .
While 78 % of the energy used to process over 190 billion security transactions per day was from renewable sources , as of October 2021 there was still room to improve .
“ We are passionate about creating meaningful change for our customers and our planet ,” said Amit Sinha , President and
CTO and member of the board , Zscaler . “ Zscaler has a long track record of driving technology innovation via the cloud , which now uses 100 % renewable energy .
“ With the steps that we took today , Zscaler supports our customers ’ goals of adopting Zero Trust security and eliminating the carbon emissions associated with the energy used for their security program . We will continue to enhance the efficiency of our architecture and infrastructure to do our part in addressing climate change .”
Zscaler took the next step to achieve 100 % renewable energy by purchasing highquality RECs from projects , such as wind and solar farms . These RECs match the projected non-renewable energy used by Zscaler ’ s offices and data centers globally for the calendar year 2021 .
Zscaler intends to annually procure 100 % renewable energy for its global offices and data centers for the benefit of its customers . Acknowledging that this is a journey , Zscaler ’ s ESG program is quantifying its broader carbon footprint , including other Scope 3 emissions , and developing a path to net zero greenhouse gas emissions .
“ Having technology partners with compatible cultures and values is always beneficial ,” said Mark Ferguson , CISO at Bombardier , a global leader in business aviation . “ Zscaler ’ s commitment to using 100 % renewable energy in its operations aligns with our ESG goals and priorities of improving our cybersecurity and driving positive environmental impact by reducing our security appliances . We are taking large steps to meet our long-term environmental goals , including dedicating over 50 % of our R & D investments towards designing and producing greener aircrafts .” p
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