Cloud technology is taking the world by storm. In fact, 9 out of 10 companies employ cloud services in some form or another. What’s even more astonishing is that 60% of companies trust cloud technology enough to store confidential data. Why has cloud technology made such incredible strides in such a short space of time? And just how can companies take advantage of cloud services to go green?
1. Cloud technology equals less on-site hardware
Did you know? Using the cloud to store your data means that you no longer have to purchase lots of hardware. What this translates to is reduced power costs, less carbon footprint, and increased cost-efficiency. The cloud enables you to achieve greener practices that include using less energy and reducing digital waste because fewer components need to be plugged in and or bought.
2. Cloud technology allows IT personnel to work remotely
Telecommuting to work is becoming increasingly popular with companies actively encouraging the practice. Between 2005 and 2015, at least 3.9 million workers said they had the option to telecommute to work. During this decade, there was a 115% increase in practice. Telecommuting allows employees to work from home. This helps to lower your carbon footprint collectively. In addition, the company stands to benefit more as employees tend to be more productive when working from home.
3. Cloud technology can significantly bring down energy costs
Does your business have its own servers? Chances are that your company is wasting lots of energy (up to 30%) in attempts to power and cool these servers. Servers are not only cumbersome pieces of hardware, but they have a tendency to overheat. This means they need adequate cooling systems in order to stay at ambient temperatures. In the United States, at least 70 billion kWh (1.8% of the country’s total electricity consumption) is used annually by data centers. Switching to cloud services significantly brings down both energy use and overall cost. In total, as much as $2 billion could be saved in energy costs according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
4. Cloud computing allows sharing of resources
Most organizations have a very low server utilization of between 5 to 10%. Where cloud computing is concerned, shared data centers have impressive utilization rates of 60 to 70%. By opting for cloud computing you are tapping into a pool where resources and energy costs are split between users. In addition, these cloud services thanks to their size can purchase better hardware and provide adequate insulation as well as other needed operational systems.
5. Update relevant office hardware to the latest versions
When you no longer have to house your own servers and rely on remote cloud services to help you store your company’s data, you can now update office hardware to the most efficient versions. Work stations, tablets as well as laptops can be upgraded to more environmentally-friendly versions. Non-eco-friendly computer hardware will use more energy.
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