Cloud computing has garnered great deal of attention over the past few years. It has amassed unstoppable momentum, and it’s all set to enter mainstream in the coming years. All thanks to the varied benefits linked with cloud computing. From flexibility, automatic software updates, increased collaboration, better security and the ability to do more with less have all contributed to drastic IT cost reduction in an organization. Moreover, companies have also been able to improve their ‘green’ credentials by embracing cloud computing. So, let’s take a look at the environmental impact of cloud computing.
Cloud computing to manage your resources
Resource management is a must for just about any organization out there. After all, inefficient resource management impacts a company’s performance, functionality and cost. Cloud computing ensures optimum utilization of resources. First up, cloud computing allows businesses to run their operations smoothly with minimum expenses. One can forget all the nitty gritty of managing a complex computer system as cloud computing makes use of shared infrastructure, which basically implies that a service provider will provide a single software for all its customers. Basically, all the functions will be operated remotely. Each customer will have a unique codebase. Customers will be able to make full use of the software’s components and configurations, and their data won’t be shared with others.
Studies suggest that an average computer is operated less than 50% of the time it is drawing power from an electric unit. Shifting to cloud computing will ensure no power wastage as other businesses will make use of the wasted power. Interestingly, industry experts reckon that cloud computing can lead to power savings enough to light up a full city like Los Angeles for an entire year. So, the future of cloud computing appears seemingly brighter.
Cut back on carbon footprints
The use of shared centralized network in cloud computing eliminates the need for investment and maintenance of complex computers, hard drives and other individual devices as data is stored in a central hub. So, there is no need for additional devices to be manufactured, cooled or maintained. Therefore, through minimized maintenance and energy consumption, cloud computing reduces carbon emissions. Based on a recent study conducted by Google, its estimated that businesses can save more than 60% on their energy costs by simply migrating to cloud computing. In fact, a reliable report suggests that applications and software on cloud server can reduce carbon footprint per user by 30% in large companies and as much as 90% in small companies. Even if these numbers are exaggerated by half, the environmental benefits of cloud computing cannot be undermined at any cost.
Be the change today for a better tomorrow
Needless to say, the benefits of cloud computing systems are far reaching and highly rewarding. Making a switch to cloud computing will not only guarantee financial gains to a company but will also offer moral benefits. After all, its everyone’s responsibility to preserve and safeguard the environment to the best of one’s ability. So, why not start today?