How does cloud computing benefit the environment?


In the modern world, a primary focus of all businesses should be the reduction of harmful emissions into our atmosphere. It is everybody’s responsibility to cut down the quantity of greenhouse gas released by corporations.

Although often overlooked, there are a number of ways that making the switch to cloud computing plays a vital role in our movement towards renewable existences as a global society. Cloud-based servers and services aren’t just a technological feat, they lower energy consumption and reduce businesses’ and individuals’ carbon footprint.

Here is MailCleaner’s guide to cloud services and going green.

Reduced Consumption

One of the most notable benefits of cloud computing is the massively reduced amount of energy needed to run the servers. Unlike on-site data centres, which use huge amounts of electricity to power and cool, cloud computing reduces energy consumption dramatically, leading to fewer carbon emissions and reduced business costs.

Certain research papers suggest that switching commonly used software to the cloud could cut energy consumption by a staggering 87%!

Fewer Emissions

Following on from the above point, switching to cloud-based solutions drastically reduces the number of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Traditional data centres rely on physical equipment such as cooling units and machines, meaning that emissions are caused by the production of raw materials, the transportation of hardware, powering the equipment itself and disposing of parts at the end of their lifecycle.

Transitioning to cloud-based solutions means that far less energy is needed throughout the process of manufacture, maintenance and disposal.

Eliminates Physical Products

Furthermore, one of the added benefits of switching from physical systems to cloud servers is that it facilitates dematerialisation. In essence, dematerialisation refers to the replacement of carbon-based physical products, with virtual equivalents.

By transferring physical operating systems to cloud computing, businesses and individuals not only reduce the need for physical manufacture and upkeep of machines, but also the costs involved in running and maintaining them. This leads to reduced operating costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

MailCleaner: 100% Renewable Anti-Spam Services

Finally, an important but often forgotten contribution to the release of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere is spam emailing. Research conducted by ICF International found that spam messages generate 0.3g of carbon dioxide each. This might not sound like much, but it adds up massively.

Here at MailCleaner, we are proud to say that all of our cloud-based services are powered by 100% renewable energy consisting of 90% hydraulic power and using wind, recycled and solar energy to make up the remainder.

Make The Switch

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