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Green benefits to cloud computing

Consider the environmental benefits of cloud computing.

It reduces energy usage, cuts greenhouse emissions and pays other benefits, according to a study by Microsoft and WSP USA, a consulting firm.

“Societally, moving from many on-premises servers to fewer large datacenters presents the opportunity to reduce overall IT consumption of energy and related carbon emissions,” the report said. “In addition to the technological and financial benefits of cloud computing, there are often environmental benefits that are overlooked.”

Energy use

On-site data centres gobble up power for servers and cooling systems, not to mention the cost of disposing of these systems when they wear out.

Switching to the cloud trims energy demand dramatically, perhaps by 60% or more. 

Greenhouse gas emissions

An on-site data centre means people must produce materials, assemble and transport the equipment, install it and then dispose of it when its life is over. 

All these steps create gashouse emissions, but offsite computing reduces emissions considerably.


With cloud computing many businesses are sharing resources, thus placing less demand on equipment, lighting, cooling, and other functions.

Mark Wiener


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