As discussed in our last blog on carbon footprint, many organizations are actively working to minimize their overall environmental impacts; one frequently overlooked subject is cloud computing’s positive impact. Moving to the private cloud may be the greenest choice you can make as more providers invest in large-scale and effective green initiatives.
A recent IDC study claims that by 2025, worldwide data traffic will have grown by 61 percent to 175 zettabytes. Approximately 75 percent of the population has at least one data interaction every 18 seconds. As global internet penetration rates continue to grow and connected technologies enter the mainstream, it’s clear that the number of data centers worldwide will keep on increasing.
What are the benefits of measuring the carbon footprint metrics of the data center?
The measurement of carbon footprint in the data center allows for more efficient aggregation of computing resources. According to a recent analysis by the International Data Center (IDC), cloud computing can reduce CO2 emissions by 1 billion metric tons between 2021 and 2024. This is the equivalent of 218 million automobiles being emitted in a single year.
- Reduced Downtime:
Another benefit of carbon footprint measurement is that it reduces unplanned downtime for equipment failures based on power issues.
- Customer Satisfaction:
UnitedLayer has embarked on a journey towards sustainable data centers, and carbon neutrality as organizations use our cloud data centers without worrying about their energy source—the responsibility for the carbon reduction is on us.
The CO2 emitted per kilowatt-hour from energy supply in the geographical location of the data centers impacts both the carbon footprint of the region and the sustainability balance sheet of the companies. That is why we have a LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to tackle our carbon footprint.
How Cloud Computing Addresses Energy Inefficiencies?
- Economical and Environmental
Individual organizations with smaller server build cannot prepare for a carbon-neutral future with the manpower and strategic capabilities that massive data centers have. However, by managing servers locally, commercial data center operators can proactively develop or upgrade buildings to improve airflow, plan for onsite or nearby renewable energy sources, and use significantly less energy per square foot than most private companies.
Most cloud providers began making proactive upgrades to reduce energy workloads and increase profits several years ago. While business needs are undoubtedly essential, financial and, other market forces on technology have driven large and small cloud providers to reduce energy use and increase efficiency. Therefore, moving more and more of your data operations to the private cloud is both cost-effective and simple. It’s also a great approach to meet your company’s environmentally solid objectives and goals.
- Cloud Computing Means Making Less Physical Hardware
Purchases of new equipment regularly might raise your company’s carbon footprint and waste. Though newer equipment may be more efficient and consume less energy, this must be balanced against the carbon cost of building new equipment and the environmental impact of disposing of old equipment.
Due to its size, a large data center has an advantage in this area because it can negotiate recycling agreements that individual companies just can’t.
Here in UnityOne, we provide real-time monitoring of the performance, health, and utilization of all the physical devices on your multi-cloud.
- Better Allocated Resources:
Storing data in-house involves the usage of multiple servers, especially when dealing with large loads of data companies who have switched to the cloud, on the other hand, no longer need extra servers or long idle times. When data times aren’t as high, cloud providers may essentially designate resources whenever they’re needed, resulting in fewer machines sitting idle.
- Effective Equipment
Equipment doesn’t just need the energy to run. It also consumes energy in the procurement of raw materials, production, and transportation processes. By offering data and equipment in bulk, data centers reduce your carbon footprint. This lessens your financial burden even further. If you keep your data center’s equipment up to date, you’ll have fewer interactions with a carbon-intensive supply chain.
For example, in UnityOne, we have a Multicloud Architecture where you can visualize an architecture map of your multi-cloud footprints across the globe.
How UnityOne Can Be Beneficial For You
Here in UnityOne, we allow customers to measure & analyze carbon emissions on each rack level, cabinet-level, and data center footprint level through our UnityOne management platform.
With UnityOne, you can access and manage your bare-metal servers, networking devices, private cloud, and public cloud, securely access your physical or virtual assets and manage them in an auditable, repeatable, and systematic manner. You can also ensure optimal utilization of your multicloud resources with real-time monitoring statistics.
Although this blog only discusses the environmental benefits of the cloud, there are many other benefits to implementing Cloud in your organization. Not sure of how to get started? Talk to us!