October 21, 2021

Cloud Computing Can Give The Environment A Helping Hand

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Microsoft commissioned a recent study on the envrionmental effects of cloud computing, finding favorable results. Image Courtesy of Microsoft.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) funded a recent study surrounding the effects of cloud computing and its impact on the environment. It found that less energy was used along with a significantly lower release of carbon when compared to the same functions running on a company’s own infrastructure.

Cloud services, including cloud computing, leverage server infrastructure already in place by large companies such as Microsoft and Amazon. Smaller companies and individuals connect to that infrastructure for resources that can include desktop applications, file sharing, and other server functions. By using “the cloud,” local servers are no longer needed or the number reduced, resulting in saving power, equipment, maintenance and environmental costs.

Microsoft, in a statement, indicated the study showed a 30 percent or more savings on energy and carbon emission reductions. The study was performed by Accenture, a global consultant, along with WSP Environment & Energy. The focus was a “life cycle” approach for comparison sake.

The sector that stands to have the biggest impact in environmental savings and gain the most from cloud computing is small business. An impact of as much as 90 percent savings on the environment can be felt when compared to these businesses maintaining their own internal infrastructure.

Environmental savings aren’t the only benefit though. Flexible infrastructure is a huge advantage for businesses of all sizes giving access to server resources as needed, allowing companies to scale up or down depending on need. Reduced IT costs are also felt since internal infrastructure requirements are reduced.