Cloud – The Catalyst for Reducing Carbon Footprint
With the pandemic forcing enterprises to increase the pace of their digital transformation adoption, enterprise leaders must take charge to implement and follow sustainable business practices that will help reduce carbon footprints.
With enterprises forced to accelerate their pace of digitalization, the cloud has been acting as an essential driver to make this transformation. Enterprise leaders across industries recognize that the cloud has become the foundation that rapidly scales and opens new opportunities for innovation and growth.
Since the cloud provides the required agility and flexibility that quickly helps to meet the constantly changing market demands, enterprises must take initiatives to solve socio-economic challenges and follow sustainable business practices. Among the C-suite club, CIOs are positioned in a way that they can help their enterprise to make the right technology decisions and accelerate the needed pace to follow responsible and sustainable practices.
A recent analysis by Accenture showed that with the suitable sustainability approach, public cloud migration could reduce global CO2 emissions by 59 million tons per year, which is 5.9 percent of the total IT emissions. For enterprises that are entirely dependent on data, meeting the climate change commitments by following sustainable practices can go a long way.
In addition to environmental impact, moving to the cloud provides greater workload benefit, optimizes server utilization rates as well makes the infrastructure much more energy-efficient, making moving to the cloud much cost-efficient than maintaining data centers.
As moving to the cloud is a transformative shift, CIOs must analyze their enterprise’s cloud journey. They need to carefully consider, analyze, plan and execute to ensure that their cloud strategy aligns with the company’s business needs and helps to enable the business strategy.
Below are a few key factors that CIOs can determine the sustainability and financial benefits to achieve their cloud migration:
- Analyzing the Cloud Provider: CIOs must start their cloud migration process by selecting a carbon-thoughtful vendor. Cloud operators need to set different sustainability commitments, which will help determine how they develop, power and discontinue their data centers.
The differences can range from corporate investments in renewable energy generation; reusability and recyclability of data center hardware as well as advanced analytics for managing their asset operations. Along with these, cloud-customer-facing services such as transparent real-time reporting of associated carbon footprints can help to track the actuals against sustainability goals.
- Ambition for Cloud Optimization: CIOs must decide to what extent they are willing to go to create and maintain a sustainable cloud. Strategically migrating without having major redesigns, sustainable software engineering practices, as well as application optimization for the fabric of the cloud, are a few levels that CIOs must take into account when considering their goals for cloud optimization.
By acting on these levels in the initial cloud migration journey, enterprises can significantly reduce their carbon emissions compared to legacy infrastructure.
- Cloud-enabled sustainability innovations: Leading enterprises are committed in this space; they are going even further along with data center carbon improvements. Also, cloud providers see this as an opportunity to scale and reap financial benefits by working closing with their clients when it comes to hardware.
By continuously improving, enterprise technology manufacturers can capture an additional operating profit by developing products for modularity, longevity and circularity.
In today’s times where the focus on sustainability is growing, IT leaders must make informed-decisions to implement solutions such as sustainable cloud that will not only decrease the pressure of following responsible business practices but also will enable them for new sources of innovation and growth.