Businesses who want to lessen their environmental footprint have a new reason to adopt cloud computing. According to new research from WSP Environment & Energy and the National Resources Defense Council, cloud computing is far greener than its on-premise counterpart.
Based on that research, OnTheNetOffice.com states “even the least environmentally-friendly cloud infrastructure would be guilty of less than half the carbon emissions of the average on-premise system. More remarkably, the most environmentally-friendly cloud would be responsible for an amazing 48-times less carbon emission than the average on-premise infrastructure.”
That’s an incredible difference. Many factors contribute to the whopping amount of energy saved in cloud computing, which include:
1. Superior hardware efficiency – According to the report, cloud infrastructure has an up to 65% better Server Utilization Rate than non-virtualized, on-site system. And because the cloud lets multiple organizations share a single server, it reduces their overall number, lowering energy usage and the pollution caused by manufacturing and recycling extra hardware.
2. Improved data center management – Because of its ability to deal with economies of scale, cloud infrastructures allow for significantly increased organization and efficiency
3. Enhanced mobility – Using the cloud, employees can access their files remotely, meaning there is no need to waste carbon-emissions on extra trips to the office.
4. Marketing – Consumers generally value environmentally friendly businesses and would widely support a businesses with such a green initiative
5. Cap-and-trade – New laws could punish polluting businesses with taxes and fees, and reward “green” businesses
6. Reduction of global warming – Global warming is a controversial subject; however, because cloud infrastructures create lower emissions, it would be the better option for businesses that believe in the negative effects of global warming.
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