Tons of electronic waste ends up in the landfills all over the world, poisoning the earth and polluting our ecosystem – every single day. At the same time, a lot of power is used to feed the insatiable needs of the IT industry. Well, in the current scenario, where every business organization is doing all it can to reduce carbon footprints, cloud computing seems like a great option. It is perhaps, one of the most modern and advanced approaches to going green without compromising on business performance. Even the United Nations endorses it as an effective measure in reducing the world’s carbon footprint. By moving over to the cloud, any company, big or small, can do their bit and making the planet greener and at cheaper cost.
We’ll show you how.
#1. By enabling remote working
While setting up a new plant in a remote location, a company would have to deploy their own experts. This means, exponential cost in flying the required personnel to the field and back till the work is complete. Since, airplanes burn tonnes of greenhouse gases, frequent flying is not the best way to go green. All this unnecessary travelling can be avoided by investing in cloud computing, which will allow your employees to work from anywhere.
#2. By reducing the usage of paper
In a traditional office setup, large amount of paper is wasted in excessive documentation and printing. But, with the help of cloud computing, an organisation can save a lot of trees from being cut down. In a virtual office, each and every piece of information is accessible via internet at any time. So, there is no need for printed reports, memos or brochures. And, a paperless office is a sure way to go green.
#3. By lowering power consumption
A study conducted in the United States, in 2007, reported that up to 60 per cent of office PCs are left on overnight, resulting in 19.82 billion kWh5 of electricity wastage and 14.4 million tonnes of associated carbon dioxide emissions. With cloud computing, any business can save a lot on the utility bills, as there is no need to invest in hardware and other systems that would need round-the-clock maintenance. This would make a huge difference in the power consumed by the company.
#4. By cutting down the office space requirement
The adoption of cloud computing would mean that all your employees have remote access to all the data. More than one employee can work on the same file simultaneously making it possible for them to communicate and share information. Thus, a company can save huge amount of investment in procuring a large office space and maintaining large servers.
#5. By ensuring efficient management of resources
For most businesses, utilising their servers to full capacity is not always possible. When there is a peak in the data load, in-house data centres would need extra servers to handle it efficiently. And, when there would a fall, then the additional servers would become idle. This is neither good for the organization nor for the environment. A cloud service provider has a large number of clients and is fully equipped to handle such issues. So, peaks of data load can be easily handled by allocating resources where needed. This would mean fewer machines, and less energy consumption.
Companies that adopt cloud computing could lead the way in making the IT industry more sustainable and significantly greener.