If the 18th and 19th centuries were agriculture and manufacturing respectively, the 21st century is certainly known as the communications century. One of crowning achievements in business efficiency and speedy communications is cloud computing. However, in addition to increasing efficiency, cloud computing and green IT practices can also reduce greenhouse emissions saving millions per year in carbon emissions.
What does “Going to the Cloud” Actually Mean?
Cloud computing is a just a way to share resources and information over a network. The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines cloud computing as, “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications and services).”
Good for the Bottom Line, Good for the Environment
Economically, converting to cloud computing makes business sense. But cloud computing has another potential attribute, it is energy efficient and can substantially reduce carbon emissions.
It is estimated that by 2020 companies going to the cloud could save 85.7 million tons of carbon. According to the Carbon Disclosure Report (CDR) this savings in carbon is equivalent to the emissions of 16.8 million passenger vehicles. Financially, the energy savings alone would total more than $12 billion annually for the 2,653 global firms.
In addition, cloud computing can help companies with these other features:
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The Carbon Disclosure Report also offers valuable information to maximize cloud computing benefits for companies, as follows:
The cloud computing service is a multi-faceted concept for all companies. No longer will firms have to employ their own dedicated green IT system with their own servers, applications and development platforms, instead, utilizing the cloud approach will save companies time and money. According to the CD Report, anticipated cost-reductions were as high as 40-50 percent when implementing an internal private cloud, instead of a dedicated IT platform.
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