Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Releases “Cloud Computing: The IT Solution for the 21st Century”

The CDP study, “Cloud Computing: The IT Solution for the 21st Century” found that “Cloud computing could deliver to large US companies[i] energy savings of $12.3 billion every year by 2020 and a reduction of 85.7 million metric tons of carbon annually. That’s equivalent to almost 200 million barrels of oil, or enough to power 5.7 million cars for a year.” You have to admit, that’s pretty impressive and all this from switching to Cloud Computing.

I was also happy to see the report anticipates businesses will increase their adoption rate for Cloud Computing over the next nine years. That’s great news for Cloud Computing services.

It’s true that some fear the cloud, but Cloud Computing doesn’t have to be scary if it is implemented properly.   An ideal way to handle your Cloud Computing needs is to manage your operating system software, database and applications. It is worthwhile to make sure that you have the following features as part of what you implement:

  • A virtual infrastructure in a reliable Data Center
  • Management of the network, server and storage infrastructure
  • Physical security backed by audit controls
  • A web portal for visibility and self-service computing

The CDP report outlines not only the important sustainability aspects of Cloud Computing, but also additional benefits as well:

  • Businesses can dramatically help reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by using cloud computing in place of traditional computing.
  • Companies are also predicted to increase their adoption of cloud computing from 10 percent to 69 percent of their IT spend in the next decade.
  • According to the report, cloud computing can reduce energy consumption and directly advance lower IT related carbon emissions, as well as decrease capital expenditure on IT resources and improve operational efficiency.

The study also reveals that cloud computing can:

  • Help avoid costly up-front capital investments in infrastructure
  • Improve time-to-market, as a new server can be created or brought online in minutes
  • Ensure greater flexibility as the Cloud allows firms to pay for excess capacity only when they need it
  • Avoid the continual maintenance of excess capacity needed to handle spikes and improve automation that helps drive process efficiencies.

Take a look at the full Carbon Disclosure Project Study. This video also gives a great overview.


What are your thoughts on the data delivered?

[i] Represents the 2,653 firms generating revenues of more than $1 billion in the U.S.

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