The ‘Green’ Cloud…
We’re not talking about that dodgy smell lingering in your office – that was probably Geoff sitting next to you – excuse you, Geoff! Nope, we’re talking Eco-Friendly IT and the surprisingly green benefits of switching to the cloud.
When thinking of IT, chances are, you’re not instantly thinking ‘Eco-Friendly’. An article by Matt Smith at Dell discusses the elements of cloud computing that are actually much greener than you’d expect.
“Fewer machines — In many small business and corporate environments, server utilization rates hover around 5 or 10 percent. This means that you need more servers to get the same amount of work done. With the cloud, utilization rates are typically 60-70 percent — shared data centers can employ fewer machines to get an equivalent capacity.”
Servers are extremely expensive to purchase and to power. The cost of in-house hardware can cost your business a fortune and may not always be used to its full potential. By investing in a cloud solution, your business can operate on a pay-as-you-go system, as the cloud can be scaled up or down based on fluctuations in demand. As a large number of organisations share the same infrastructure, your business can remove energy costs associated with powering in-house hardware. The bottom line is, migrating to the Cloud means minimising waste.