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Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

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Published by Jaime Peña
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Published by: Jaime Peña on Jan 08, 2011
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In collaboration with
Cloud Computing and Sustainability:
The Environmental Benets of Movingto the Cloud
 
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Executive Summary 2Introduction: Is the Cloud a“Greener” Computing Alternative? 3Research Approach 4Summary Findings 5How Does Cloud Computing ReduceEnvironmental Impacts of IT? 6
Dynamic Provisioning 6Multi-Tenancy 7Server Utilization 7Data Center Efficiency 8Other Important Factors 8
Case Study – Global ConsumerGoods Company 10Conclusion & Outlook 11
Expanding the Cloud 11Further Improvements 11
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2Cloud computing—large-scale, sharedIT infrastructure available over theinternet—is transforming the waycorporate IT services are delivered andmanaged.To assess the environmental impact of cloud computing, Microsoft engagedwith Accenture—a leading technology,consulting and outsourcing company—and WSP Environment & Energy—aglobal consultancy dedicated toenvironmental and sustainabilityissues—to compare the energy useand carbon footprint of Microsoftcloud offerings for businesses withcorresponding Microsoft on-premisedeployments.The analysis focused on three of Microsoft’s mainstream businessapplications—Microsoft Exchange®,Microsoft SharePoint® and MicrosoftDynamics® CRM. Each applicationis available both as an on-premiseversion and as a cloud-basedequivalent.
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The team comparedthe environmental impact of cloud-based vs. on-premise IT delivery ona per-user basis and considered threedifferent deployment sizes—small(100 users), medium (1,000 users)and large (10,000 users).The study found that, for largedeployments, Microsoft’s cloudsolutions can reduce energy useand carbon emissions by more than30 percent when compared to theircorresponding Microsoft businessapplications installed on-premise.The benefits are even more impressivefor small deployments: Energy useand emissions can be reduced bymore than 90 percent with a sharedcloud service.Several key factors enable cloudcomputing to lower energy useand carbon emissions from IT:
Dynamic Provisioning:
Reducingwasted computing resourcesthrough better matching of servercapacity with actual demand.
Multi-Tenancy:
Flattening relativepeak loads by serving large numbersof organizations and users onshared infrastructure.
Server Utilization:
Operatingservers at higher utilization rates.
Data Center Efciency:
Utilizingadvanced data center infrastructuredesigns that reduce power lossthrough improved cooling, powerconditioning, etc.Though large organizations canlower energy use and emissionsby addressing some of these factorsin their own data centers, providersof public cloud infrastructure arebest positioned to reduce theenvironmental impact of IT because of their scale. By moving applications tocloud services offered by Microsoftor other providers, IT decision-makers can take advantageof highly efficient cloudinfrastructure, effectively“outsourcing” their IT efficiencyinvestments while helping theircompany achieve its sustainabilitygoals. Beyond the commonly citedbenefits of cloud computing—such as cost savings and increasedagility—cloud computing has thepotential to significantly reducethe carbon footprint of manybusiness applications.
ExecutiveSummary
The cloud’sunprecedented economiesof scale reduce overallcost and increaseefficiencies, especiallywhen replacing anorganization’s locallyoperated on-premise
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 servers. But does thisadvantage also translateto environmentalbenefits?

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