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Cloud enables greener data center strategies

Cloud enables greener data center strategies

Green initiatives are a major concern for countless businesses today. Whether motivated by genuine concern for the environment or as a strategy to appeal to an increasingly eco-conscious public, organization leaders now regularly find themselves looking for ways to minimize their carbon footprints.

One of the best ways for organizations to move in this direction is by minimizing their energy consumption. To this end, a suitably popular strategy companies embrace is focusing on data center consolidation. This makes cloud computing a key resource in corporate efforts to become more green.

Data center overhauls

The potential green benefits of data center consolidation can be seen in the University of Cambridge's recent initiative in this area. CIO reported that in 2013, the University of Cambridge's data center team realized the school was operating nearly 200 servers across 120 departments. This arrangement was inherently complex and inefficient, and it also presented a serious energy-usage problem. To function, these servers required major amounts of electricity for both operations and cooling. 

Speaking to the news source, Ian Tasker, the University of Cambridge's data center manager, noted that the organization aimed to decrease its carbon footprint by 34 percent by 2020. Upon discovering the the number of servers in use, the school decided to make data center consolidation a key part of its efforts in this capacity. The University of Cambridge approved more than $30 million in funds for this process.

Going green with the cloud

Once an organization has decided to pursue data center consolidation as a means of reducing its environmental impact, the question becomes how to best achieve this goal. 

The most obvious option is simply to streamline and combine existing data center resources into a more compressed, consolidated deployment. Ideally, this will significantly reduce energy consumption, while also making data center management easier for the organization's IT team. 

However, there is another option, one which is quickly gaining adherents across virtually every sector: cloud migrations. By moving operations and data into the cloud, organizations of all kinds can effectively achieve many of the same advantages that traditional data center consolidation has to offer, but on an even grander scale. With cloud services, companies can take advantage of the cloud's inherent flexibility and scalability, ensuring they maximize their IT efficiency at all times. And from the vendor's perspective, the ability to serve a large number of clients enables the provider to take advantage of economies of scale, further reducing the energy needed to meet companies' data hosting and storage needs.

Getting to the cloud

With that being established, it's important to recognize that to maximize energy efficiency, as well as overall performance, with cloud-based data migration efforts, companies need to be careful to choose the right partner. Specifically, firms must look for cloud managed services providers with proven track records of delivering high-quality, reliable hosted solutions. Attempting to handle the entirety of this process in-house is almost guaranteed to lead to inefficiencies, disappointing results and a less environmentally-friendly solution.

The superior option is to partner with a high-quality, proven industry leader in the field of cloud-based data center consolidation efforts. Specifically, business decision-makers should look for managed services providers that have robust experience performing every aspect of the data center consolidation process, from design to deployment to ongoing management. Datapipe combines unbeatable expertise with maximum dedication to ensure that every client is able to minimize its environmental impact, along with its costs, while improving data center performance. Altogether, this solution can play a key role in enabling organizations to future-proof their IT.

About Richard Dolan

Richard Dolan
As Datapipe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Rich is responsible for developing and driving Datapipe’s world class marketing team and ensuring Datapipe stays ahead of the curve with product development and client support. Rich has been with Datapipe for more than 15 years and has seen the company evolve into a leading, global MSP. Rich writes about Datapipe news, Datapipe clients, business strategies, and also provides insight into the company’s partnerships with AWS, Microsoft, Equinix, and others.

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