It is a fact that the climate crisis is an issue that cannot be ignored for long. The rise in global economic activity has created a surge for more resources, infrastructure, etc. This growth has resulted in increased emissions, pollution and pushed resources to the verge of extinction.
Technology has become more advanced with the Cloud by providing an ability to upscale and lose on-site infrastructure. While this has increased flexibility, an urgent need for data centers arose gradually.
How Cloud Saves the Day
Cloud computing offers companies the opportunity to reduce their energy consumption, reduce their carbon footprint and move to a greener, smarter future. As a result, leading technology companies and other sustainable businesses are integrating Cloud computing technologies.
Sustainable companies need to find the right technology partners to create a sustainable Cloud that allows them to use their assets more effectively and provides a platform with greater organizational flexibility, availability, and control at the enterprise level. In addition, innovations and technologies can use Cloud infrastructure to achieve sustainability goals.
The Cloud includes Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings that detect and connect real-time data sources, accelerate integration and reporting, provide accurate carbon accounting, measure performance targets and provide intelligent insights to help organizations act more effectively.
How Cloud Solutions can Lead to Sustainability
Google has introduced its plans and measures to reduce the impact of carbon emissions. By taking control over the non-computing energy, they divert them to power the machines serving their prime products – resulting in zero net emissions for their products and a reduction in carbon emissions by 65-90% annually, with an overall increase in productivity. Their servers can handle multiple products, thus decreasing the data centers and servers and optimizing energy usage.
Google sustainability project is set to fight climate change, running on completely renewable energy sources. Additionally, they have managed to become carbon neutral; their data centers do not leave any carbon footprint as a commitment to creating a carbon-free world. Google is set to supply carbon-free energy to industries by 2030. Google aims to boost sustainability-based solutions to support healthy living. Optimizing servers and data centers has helped Google save over $1 billion in energy consumption, underscoring the scale of savings in the Cloud.
AI and machine learning can also help create sustainable supply chains. They describe how Cloud data points can connect to provide a new level of insight, such as reducing excess inventory and solving complex logistic problems.
A Green Cloud Solution
A study last year found that Microsoft’s Cloud is 93% more energy-efficient, resulting in 98% lower CO2 emissions than traditional enterprise data centers. Microsoft, together with Accenture and WSP Environment, conducted a study on the energy of Cloud computing and sustainability and published the results in a White Paper.
Helping Businesses Save Energy
Moving local data centers to the public Cloud could reduce energy consumption with potential benefits such as electricity, cooling, hardware efficiency, computer use, sustainable software development, and carbon-free energy use.
Cloud data centers can switch to renewable energy sources to run their operations and reduce their carbon footprint. Public Cloud providers can set up Green Cloud data centers that use other energy sources. Enterprise systems and data hosted in the Cloud enable people to work remotely and therefore help companies reduce, if not eliminate, the carbon footprint of their offices.
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