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Cloud reduces data center energy consumption

The rapidly evolving technological landscape is encouraging organizations of all sizes to adopt digitization strategies that require the use of sophisticated data centers. For this reason, computing processes are becoming more complex and ingrained into day-to-day operations in the workplace. While this is making it easier for companies to carry out mission-critical tasks more efficiently, it is also consuming more energy than ever before, introducing new costs and environmental obligations to decision-makers around the world.

A recent Scientific Computing report highlighted how evolving data center requirements are encouraging executives to implement a cloud infrastructure, as doing so will consolidate resources and make operations more energy efficient.

"For every kilowatt of energy consumed by the data center, almost another kilowatt is dissipated as heat," said Massimo Bertoncini from Engineering Ingegneria Informatica in Italy, according to Scientific Computing. "With ever-larger data centers being built around the world to meet rising demand for digital services, powering and cooling them is an increasingly significant environmental issue."

This energy consumption not only impacts the environment, but also introduces substantial costs for organizations still using traditional data centers to carry out increasingly complicated computing tasks.

Using the cloud to reduce energy burdens
Scientific Computing noted that even the most modern data centers only consume about 60 percent of overall energy levels for servers, processors and software, while the rest is used to cool and power processes. When an organization migrates to the public cloud, it can reduce in-house responsibilities and consolidate resources with other companies because the environment hosts multiple users.

"There is always a trade-off between energy efficiency and performance: Essentially, the more performance required, the more energy will be used," Bertoncini told Scientific Computing. "The key is finding the right balance to provide the best service at the lowest energy cost."

A Google report noted that organizations using cloud computing enables firms to consume up to 90 percent less energy for servers and cooling operations because the technology optimizes the data center and uses advanced temperature maintenance tools. In other words, using the cloud can reduce expenses and energy-consumption rates associated with sophisticated computing tasks.

As business procedures require increasingly complex solutions, the amount of energy needed to maintain operations in the data center will continue to rise. By leveraging the cloud, however, organizations can reduce these burdens without jeopardizing their ability to perform advanced tasks.

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