Trends Report

Cloud Computing Helps Accelerate Green IT

Take Advantage Of Public And Private Cloud To Deliver Energy, Carbon, And E-Waste Efficiencies

June 30th, 2011
With contributors:
James Staten , Christopher Mines , Eric Chi


Cloud-based server, storage, and network infrastructure — also called infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — will inherently deliver green IT benefits: lower energy costs, carbon emissions, and electronic waste (e-waste). Not only does the self-service and pay-as-you-go nature of cloud encourage your users and applications teams to consume only what they need, but the IT infrastructure that is consumed is run in a highly shared, virtualized, and utilized manner that drives IT efficiencies. For IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals implementing or considering IaaS, don't overlook its green IT benefits, especially as energy and carbon prices rise and data center power and cooling limits are reached. This report explains why IaaS is greener than a traditional environment and identifies key steps that I&O professionals can take to maximize their energy, carbon, and e-waste efficiencies.

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