Cloud computing – so the provision of IT infrastructure via the Internet – plays an important role in green IT. Above all, it allows the replacement of poorly utilized datacenters with highly optimized server environments. Besides reducing the energy costs, it also minimizes the time required to maintain a company’s proprietary systems.
Another factor is that users can select precisely the performance they need. Resources can hence be activated and deactivated to meet current requirements. Users only pay for what they actually consume, cutting back on costs for dormant server capacity. Another factor is that this kind of datacenter is usually more energy-efficient, as they are maintained as state-of-the-art facilities.
What’s more, it is not necessary to activate all servers continuously, as the users share technical components. Cloud-based collaboration tools like Office 365 , Google Drive or Dropbox allow colleagues to work efficiently, wherever they are, while companies save costs on high-performance and energy-guzzling hardware.
Summarized benefits of cloud computing:
- lower energy consumption
- therefore a reduction in the carbon footprint
- lower consumption of hardware, i.e. server, resources
- less support workload in the datacenters
- significant savings potential
In a nutshell: Cloud computing offers ideal conditions for eco-friendly, resource-preserving IT management. Many companies do not need any or most of their server rooms, which means it is not only ecologically sensible, but also economically profitable to shut them down and switch to the cloud.