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    The Relationship Between Cloud Computing and Sustainability  

    Written by, Dr. Tyra Oldham

    LAND sds Information- Microsoft , Accenture and WSP Environment and Energy collaborated to develop a white paper on the impact of energy use and emissions when IT moves toward cloud computing.  (Read the report) Companies thinking high tech energy efficiency can save 30%-90% on their energy usage.

    LAND sds as a Sustainable Green IT provider understands the strategic focus and critical need for companies to assess, analyze and optimize the energy efficiency of the IT System.  Sustainable IT is inclusive of the total computing system. IT has a huge cost on the energy usage within any company.  The larger and more complex the system, typically increases the energy usage. Moreover, companies need to analyze their processes and habits around computing that also drive costs and inefficiencies.

    “At the same time, sustainability continues to gain importance as a performance indicator for organizations and their IT departments. Corporate sustainability officers, regulators and other stakeholders have become increasingly focused on IT's carbon footprint, and organizations are likewise placing more emphasis on developing long-term strategies to reduce their carbon footprint through more sustainable operations and products.”

    Cloud computing is a solution to produce positive change and lead to sustainable solutions for organizations. Cloud computing promotes sustainability especially when companies with Big Data are in need of data synthesis, knowledge management and shared computing.  Organizations that seek short-to-long-term strategies to reduce their carbon footprint and energy usage can maximize their utility, lower costs, increase operational efficiencies and manage data more effectively by using the cloud and auditing their IT.  Organizations need to start assessing their current computing systems to promote and produce environmentally safe and healthy organizations for a sustainable future.