As enterprises grow, it becomes their responsibility to be aware of the impacts they have on the environment. As climate change has been one of the top global issues in the recent past, it is in organisations’ best interests to be cognizant of this and make a conscious shift towards carbon neutrality.
Moving to the cloud, obviously, has numerous business advantages. For enterprises, the cloud not only gives the opportunity to innovate, but also enables successful business transformation. However, by the very nature of virtualisation of clouds, there are certain environmental advantages that the cloud brings over traditional enterprise infrastructure. As renewables and natural cooling are not feasible in all geographies (e.g., the Indian subcontinent, Middle East etc.), enterprises should look at cloud adoption as a major contribution towards reducing carbon emissions.
Here’s why enterprises should move to the cloud to responsibly battle climate change.
Lower energy utilisation
Virtualised environments have significantly lower energy utilisation when compared to traditional counterparts, owing to optimisation of hardware resources. Furthermore, modern clouds use energy-efficient storage technologies, that provide significant power consumption reductions over traditional storage.
A cloud’s footprint is shared across an organisation. Hence, multi-geographic presence only helps in getting the enterprise go towards carbon neutrality, even if not entirely carbon-positive. Also, multi-tenancy in the cloud allows several different users to be accommodated on the same provisioned servers, making it ideal for enterprises to benefit responsibly. Further, enterprises can demand of their cloud vendors (on-prem or public) to be energy-efficient and have a low carbon footprint.
Containers are seeing a tremendous rise amongst enterprises as they are optimal for delivering internal as well as external products. Containers are scaleable and greatly reduce the dependency on running virtual machines. The fewer the VMs that are running, the lower will the energy utilisation be. Containerisation, therefore, is a competitive, strategic, as well as responsible move in an organisation’s roadmap.
Please note that cloud adoption or migration will not make your organisation carbon neutral. Cloud adoption is a step towards responsible transformation, along with other organisational efforts in becoming socially and environmentally conscious. Carbon neutrality, itself, is a holistic concept that involves utilising energy efficiently, ensuring your emissions are clean and under limits and offsetting extra emissions by purchasing carbon credits to achieve a net-zero footprint.
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