RWS and AWS Graviton: managing our impact

Fraser Doig 20 Mar 2024 5 minutes read
At RWS, we're deeply committed to innovation, not just in the realm of technology, but also in how we approach environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility. Our partnership with AWS and the integration of AWS Graviton processors into our infrastructure is a testament to this commitment. Through leveraging AWS Graviton, we're building powerful, efficient, and modern software applications in the cloud, marking a significant step forward in our journey towards sustainability and operational excellence.

Leveraging AWS Graviton for sustainable cloud computing

AWS Graviton processors have been a game-changer for us. By enabling up to 40% more performance and providing automatic scaling, Graviton ensures that we don’t waste energy, thereby reducing our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) impact significantly. This performance boost, paired with energy efficiency, is crucial for our language and content technologies. These processors set new benchmarks in performance and energy efficiency, enabling us to run our core technologies—Tridion, Trados, and Language Weaver—more effectively than ever. From an RWS perspective, the move to Graviton translates into substantial energy savings and operational efficiencies, directly contributing to our ESG goals by lowering our carbon footprint and operational costs.
For our customers, the benefits are twofold: enhanced performance and reliability of our services mean faster, more efficient outcomes for their projects, while our focus on sustainability through energy-efficient computing aligns with their values and ESG goals. This technological evolution not only bolsters RWS's standing as a leader in ESG but also ensures that our customers share our efforts in making a positive environmental impact. With AWS Graviton, we're setting a new standard for what it means to be an environmentally responsible, customer-centric company in the digital age.
The dynamic environment provided by AWS Graviton means we have much greater visibility of our ESG impact. This visibility allows us to balance workloads in the most efficient manner possible, ensuring that our services remain sustainable and responsive around the globe. AWS's global reach, with data centers across the world, makes them the perfect partner for our international operations.
“We have been partnering with AWS for over 10 years now, providing unparalleled performance and reliability to our customers, but we cannot ignore our impact on the environment, such as the carbon footprint of data centers. By embracing Graviton, with higher performance and lower energy consumption – and therefore lower carbon emissions – than traditional processors, we have been able to expand our cloud service while keeping to our very strict carbon footprint goals.” – Nuno Linhares, Director of Cloud Operations, RWS

Recognition and responsibility

Our efforts in ESG have not gone unnoticed. For two consecutive years, RWS has been awarded the EcoVadis Silver Award, placing us in the top 9% of companies in the UK leading in ESG-related goals. This recognition is a testament to our practical and scientific approach to reducing CO2 emissions, an effort that has been greatly bolstered by our partnership with AWS.

AWS has set an ambitious target to be 100% reliant on renewable energy by 2025. Our partnership with them aligns with our own sustainability goals, allowing us to leverage their processors and cloud environment to further reduce our carbon footprint.

A practical approach to CO2 reduction

How do we keep our CO2 impact low? By utilizing Graviton's efficiency and selecting the most efficient instance type for our workloads, we ensure minimal energy waste. Graviton's ARM technology base is a significant departure from traditional x86 architecture processors, offering a more cost-effective and power-efficient solution for our applications.
Since moving to these processors, AWS has been with us every step of the way. From initial proof of concepts to collaborating on R&D and impact measurement, AWS has ensured that our performance thresholds for customers are consistently met.

Our commitment to sustainability and efficiency

At RWS, our commitment to sustainability and efficiency is unwavering. By embracing AWS Graviton's power and efficiency, we're not just optimizing our operations; we're also taking a significant step towards a more sustainable future. Our partnership with AWS is a cornerstone of this journey, enabling us to meet our ESG goals while continuing to deliver exceptional services to our customers worldwide.
In our quest for sustainability, we understand that technology and partnership are key. With AWS Graviton, we're poised to not only meet the challenges of today but also to pave the way for a greener, more responsible future in the tech industry.
To learn more about this partnership, read our blog from our joint innovation day last December.
Fraser Doig

Fraser Doig

Senior Associate Product Marketing Manager
Fraser Doig is a Senior Associate Product Marketing Manager specializing in helping companies of all industries understand how structured content can elevate their business. At RWS, Fraser works in the Language and Content Technology division, always on the lookout for the latest and greatest developments in the market. He is a regular contributor to publications such as KMWorld and Customer Service Manager Magazine.
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