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Cloud Computing Provides More Environmental Benefits, Says a Study
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June 30, 2011

Cloud Computing Provides More Environmental Benefits, Says a Study

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor

Cloud computing is no longer just jargon to many companies, as many business applications are moving to the cloud. Providing the capability to shift from traditional software models to the Internet, cloud computing technology has helped in eliminating most of the challenges faced by companies to manage both hardware and software components.

Apart from its cost-effectiveness, cloud computing also provides environmental benefits, says Bruce Hoernecke, president and CEO of BBH Solutions, a Manhattan-based BBH provider of converged network and unified communications services.

In a statement, Hoernecke stated that business owners across the globe are becoming more aware of the energy saving and environmental benefits of cloud computing and hosting, as cloud computing eliminates the need for on-premises components and costs associated with delivering power and cooling to on-premise data centers.

According to a 2010 study by Accenture (News - Alert) and WSP Environment and Energy, entitled “Cloud Computing and Sustainability: The Environmental Benefits of Moving to the Cloud,” indicated that a company with workforce of nearly 100 and with applications deployed in the cloud could reduce energy consumption and emissions by more than 90 percent.

The study noted that if all US companies with 100 to 10,000 employees were using on-premise Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange servers and made the change to cloud-hosted Exchange, then there would be reduction in carbon emissions equivalent to that of taking 100,000 cars permanently off the road.

According to a press release, the cloud computing allows businesses to utilize secure and powerful resources of a service provider - to host their voice, data, and video applications and data storage. These applications and technologies are later delivered to the customer's end users on demand, or "as-a-service".

Generally, subscribers of a cloud can access email, office productivity suites, CRM, and video conferencing from anywhere with a secure Internet connection.

In addition, it facilitates subscribers with security, high availability, and continuity of business. It can also provide predictable monthly costs for technology applications.

All the above factors contribute in making the cloud computing the most preferred technology, regardless of an organizations size. In addition, a growing trend and awareness of the environmental benefits of cloud computing and hosting, has also been observed.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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