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The environment and what we should all be doing to save it is one of the hottest topics on the planet. High on everyone’s agenda should be reducing carbon footprints to help slow climate change.
One way that organizations can embrace eco-initiatives is green cloud computing – switching to the Cloud to take advantage of the associated eco-benefits.
Here are five great eco-reasons to migrate to the Cloud.
Organisations often underestimate just how much energy it takes to run an on-premise server. The reality is that they need to keep power supply to servers constantly on and just like the server, air conditioning for the server room needs to be on 24/7 to ensure the servers are kept cool to prevent overheating. So, a move to the Cloud reduces power consumption and cuts energy bills.
The flexibility of the modern workforce empowered by cloud solutions such as the uber-collaboration tool Teams, which boosts productivity but also has environmental benefits, can help reduce an organisation’s overall carbon footprint. Teams is the Microsoft cloud-based chat and collaboration platform which simplifies and streamlines communication between staff by offering a central hub through which to connect. It makes email look old hat. With Teams, staff can send direct messages to co-workers, set up group chats or organise video, audio and web conferences, all without leaving the platform. And remember, mobile workers commute less, which reduces fuel emissions and enables organisations to slim their real estate, downsizing to smaller offices which consume less power.
The ability to store data within the secure Cloud enables organisations to go paperless. Cloud storage options like SharePoint and OneDrive makes going paperless a real option. Also, secure Cloud-based signature solutions, like DocuSign which provides a fast, easy and secure way to electronically sign documents and collect signatures from others, frees you up from having to print documents. So, you’re saving on paper and on the cost of having to print, scan, courier documents and when the documents are no longer needed you can simply delete them saving on recycling.
You can access the cloud by subscribing to monthly pay-as-you-go packages where you consume only what you need. The scalability of cloud means organisations can boost their cloud capacity when needed and reduce it when required which lowers carbon impact and power consumption.
Cloud providers, such as Microsoft, are constantly investing to reduce carbon emissions and its customers benefit from their efforts. Microsoft, for instance, has pledged to increasingly turn to renewable energy and can affect change quickly. This means you will always be at the leading-edge of environmental innovation.
The UAE Energy Plan 2050 aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 70 per cent by the middle of this century. Switching to the cloud means you can play your part in achieving the target.
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