There's a lot of chatter these days about "moving to the cloud" for businesses of all sizes. One benefit is the huge savings in data center cooling and power costs.
A Salesforce.com study found that one transaction in the cloud is 95% more carbon efficient than processed on premesis. In 2010, Salesforce.com saved energy amounting to 19.5 million gallons of gas by swithing to the cloud!
Here are 3 ways the cloud saves on data center and server room cooling costs.
Server Consolidation -- it's like a commune where everyone shares. Rather than having dozens of underutilized servers, computing is consolidated to only what's needed and shared. Less power needed for servers + less servers to cool = less data center cooling.
Increased Scalability -- cloud computing allows you to take advantage of economies of scale. It's like the comfy elastic waistband pants on Thanksgiving ... it grows with you. Adding computing capacity for one client won't necessarily require more cooling. There's that sharing thing again! The cloud is elastic and scalable so the data center cooling load is shared by many.
Faster Deployment -- with infrastructure and resources in place, rolling out new processes and computing is much faster. In a virtualized cloud environment, the time to market is greatly decreased. No need to ramp up with support services like increased IT management and power and cooling facility support. Not only is there no need for more data center cooling but the streamlined deployment is the primary driver -- time is money!
Interested in reading the 15 page Salesforce.com study? Download it here.
Have you moved some or all of your computing to the cloud? What are the benefits for your business? Please comment here and let me know.