Organizations have embraced Cloud to reduce costs and to improve IT and business agility. Many are also now see it as a strategic way to limit energy use and reduce their carbon footprint.

Large-scale shared infrastructure operated by specialized Cloud providers can unlock substantial energy efficiencies and limit the environmental impact of IT.

Studies suggest the following carbon emission reductions are achievable:

  • 1-100 staff/users. Cut emissions more than 90 percent.
  • 101-10,000 staff/users. Cut emissions 60 to 90 percent.
  • More than 10,001 staff/users. Cut emissions 30 to 60 percent.

Cloud is particularly compelling for small deployments: dedicated infrastructure typically operates at a very low utilization. But even large companies with thousands of staff, or users, can achieve energy-use efficiencies greater what’s achievable in dedicated, on-premise IT operations.