Reduce your carbon footprint with the cloud
You might not realise it, but the creation and storage of data is putting an increasing strain on the environment. All of this data requires hardware to support it. Even the photos you upload to Facebook every day are saved on some physical equipment somewhere. A lot of energy is required to run and cool this equipment. It is vital that businesses are aware of the environmental impact of their IT systems.
How is cloud computing greener?
Cloud computing is more environmentally friendly due to the efficiency of data centres and its scalable nature.
- Energy efficiency is of paramount importance to the data centre where your cloud system is located. It makes a real difference to their bottom line and is therefore part of their core business model. Running your servers there will more than likely be more energy efficient.
- Data centre hardware is cutting edge, and can likely perform tasks more efficiently than the type of equipment you are likely to buy if you host everything in your offices.
- Due to the scalable nature of cloud technology, you never under-utilise any hardware. Consolidation and virtualisation mean you can get the same use out of less equipment – using less energy. You can draw on more computing power or storage space when needed, and this equipment can go into a low power mode or be put to other uses when not needed.
- Virtualisation removes the need for multiple servers for different functions. In this scenario, the servers are all often being under-utilised. Virtualisation means you can have just one server with several virtual servers installed on it which is much more energy efficient.
Government legislation on the environmental sustainability of businesses is likely to tighten in the near future. It is no longer just the responsibility of large organisations who store a lot of data to reduce their carbon footprint. Small businesses can get ahead of the curve by embracing greener IT now, through cloud computing.