The biggest hurdle for most corporations attempting to reduce their carbon footprint is affordability. For many businesses, making certain changes simply isn’t financially feasible, even if they’d like to embrace a greener business model.
When making the move to cloud computing, the opposite is true. Consider the ways cloud solutions can reduce carbon dioxide emissions: dynamic provisioning, multi-tenancy, server utilization, improved data center efficiency. And all of these approaches are also cost-effective. On average, corporations adding an in-house server will be saddled with 234 kilowatt hours (Kwh) a month. That’s per server, and those servers are sitting idle more than 90 percent of the time, but drawing energy anyway. Cooling that server at a PUE above 2.0 more than doubles that energy consumption. 500-plus KWh per server cannot compete with cloud-based servers sitting comfortably under 50 Kwh.