Is the cloud the best way to go green?
Now more than ever, businesses are searching for new, innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Often such solutions not only improve a business’s reputation among customers, but can even reduce costs, considering the expense of electricity and electronic waste. Cloud computing is emerging as a potential way for businesses to cut costs and go green, but in what ways is cloud computing greener than traditional, physical computers?
How Cloud Computing works
For years, computing was centered on the need for physical equipment, stored either on the floor in a spare office closet, in a rack or even a full cage at a nearby data center. Cloud computing now allows businesses to run all their servers remotely and virtually, powered through a massive data center rather than a single server rack. If more computing power is needed, businesses can simply request more processing power, rather than buy expensive hardware. It’s also more efficient, since businesses only pay for the computing power they use, as opposed to buying excessive amounts of hardware.
Cloud Computing also offers a simpler way to manage equipment. Third party providers handle all the physical hardware, rack space, and other connectivity. Customers simply purchase a virtual amount of storage, processors, and other equipment as they need it. Rather than lease equipment from a vendor or buy equipment and rent space in a data center, everything is rolled into a single monthly payment.
Minimize equipment and electronic waste
Not only is cloud computing potentially more cost effective and efficient, but it can also be a greener way to do business compared to traditional computing systems. According to an ENERGY STAR report, a typical server may only use on average 10 to 12 percent of its total computing power. Virtualized servers, however, more efficiently distribute computing power, reducing the number of needed servers, and therefore reducing a data center’s overall electricity use. This means cloud computing customers only use the computing power they need, and in turn, less electricity than they would in a traditional setup.
If you take advantage of a green data center, cloud computing can provide an even greener option compared to a server in the office closet. Green data centers ensure that every square foot of computing space uses the least electricity possible for cooling, and often includes alternative electricity sourcing, such as solar power and carbon credits too.
Saving money while being greener
For some businesses, it might be time to consider the versatility and greener capabilities of a cloud computing solution in a green data center. This is one among a growing number of ways to go green at work and reduce your carbon footprint. No matter what solution is best for your business, if you need to get your servers from point A to point B, consider the expertise of a managed moving service like Silverback Migration Solutions to guide you through the data center move process.
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