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How Cloud Computing Benefits Our Earth

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Earth day is upon us and we are looking at ways to be our most environmental-friendly selves. While at first glance, our businesses software may not seem like anything to boast about on Earth Day, you may be ‘doing your part’ for the planet at work without even realizing it. Many businesses have migrated their software to the cloud, which is having a positive, eco-friendly impact.

Cloud computing is an excellent point of conversation this Earth Day- Here’s why:

What is Cloud?

The cloud serves as a storage space. Documents, photos and videos may all be stored on the cloud. No internal server needs to handle this heavy load, since the cloud can handle it all.

Gartner has compiled its annual list of the top 10 strategic technology trends that have the potential to affect individuals, businesses and IT organizations. Cloud is becoming a mainstream computing style and delivery option with hybrid cloud, cloud brokerage, and new delivery, management and security options accelerating adoption.

What makes cloud even more spectacular is the amount of power is saves. Though it seems unlikely, research demonstrates that when switching 86 million workers from local servers to cloud servers, it saved 86-percent on energy consumption.

A study funded by Google revealed:

A shift from present day systems for business email, productivity,  and CRM software to cloud-based systems could save substantial amounts of energy  if fully implemented across the U.S. workforce. Potential energy savings could be as high as 326 PJ per year.

Simplifying this– enough power is saved to power Los Angeles annually.

So- how does cloud computing benefit our earth?

#1 Fewer Machines

Running local servers requires many computers, especially if your company stimulates an array of responses using productivity software, email and even CRM software.

Cloud eliminates the need for a business to purchase and maintain multiple machines. Using the cloud to power their saved work and access it, employees no longer have to worry about using storage space internally.

#2 Fewer Computer Crashes

A mid-sized company can expect to deal with at least one crashed computer annually, though most have two or more per year.

By lowering the reliance on internal serves machines, fewer physical drives need to be running. Less need for monitoring increases employee productivity as well.

#3 Energy-Efficiency

When aiming energy-efficiency in a company, it is best to remove as many local wires as possible and to upgrade to more energy-efficient resources. While larger corporations have a high budget for their equipment, small companies do not. Businesses simply cannot afford to replace their current systems for more energy-efficient processes.

Many cloud managers find that their budget is staying stagnant, but they save more each year with fewer internal storage servers.

Earth Day Support: Switch to Cloud Servers

Earth day comes only once a year. It is the one time of year where all people, business-oriented or not, should come together and celebrate the planet that sustains life. For cloud managers, showing this can be done through a simple conversion from internal storage servers to more cloud servers.

An array of possibilities and benefits come from updating to modern techniques such as cloud servers.

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Published at DZone with permission of Omri Erel, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

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