Making sense of sustainability (Part three): How green is your cloud?


In part two of our “Making sense of sustainability” blog series, we discussed how to unlock data-driven sustainability. This blog explores how leveraging the benefits of the Cloud can help organisations work towards sustainability goals.

Headline takeaways:

  1. The “Digital Revolution” has rewritten the IT landscape via Web 1.0 and, more significantly, Web 2.0, leading to “data becoming the new oil of the digital economy”.
  2. Hyperscale cloud data centres are significantly more energy efficient than conventional server rooms, on-premise data centres, and co-location centres. The “Pay As You Go” consumption model incentivises organisations to right size workloads and drive further efficiencies via autoscaling and powering off systems when not in use.
  3. The move to exit conventional server rooms and data centres by migrating workloads to the Cloud is having a positive effect on the environment and the organisations bottom line.
  4. Modernising applications from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings further increases these positive effects. Advancements in PaaS serverless offerings help organisations manage IP v4 addresses, which for large multinationals can be a scarce commodity; in addition to driving down costs and, by extension, consumption and carbon footprint.


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