New Research Gives Hard Numbers on How Cloud Computing Improves Environment
The study assessed the carbon footprint of server, networking and storage infrastructure for three different deployment sizes.Researchers are now compiling hard numbers that prove running enterprise applications in the cloud actually does complete a data center triple play by reducing costs, use of electricity and carbon emissions. A new study conducted on behalf of Microsoft, Accenture and WSP Environment & Energy released Nov. 4 shows enterprises running business applications in the cloud can cut energy consumption and carbon emissions by a net 30 percent or more as opposed to running that same software on their own infrastructure.
Large data centers, such as those run by Microsoft, IBM, Google, Yahoo, Fujitsu and others, can benefit greatly from economies of scale and operational efficiencies beyond what corporate IT departments can achieve, the study reported.
- Dynamic provisioning: Large operations enable better matching of server capacity to demand on an ongoing basis.
- Multitenancy: Large public cloud environments are able to serve millions of users at thousands of companies simultaneously on one massive shared infrastructure.
- Server utilization: Cloud providers can drive efficiencies by increasing the portion of a server's capacity that an application actively uses, thereby performing higher workloads with a smaller infrastructure footprint.
- Data center efficiency: Through innovation and continuous improvement, cloud providers are leading the way in designing, building and operating data centers that minimize energy use for a given amount of computing power.