According to the research firm’s “Cloud Computing Energy Efficiency” report, cloud computing is projected to cut worldwide data center energy costs by 38 percent, from $23.3 billion in 2010 to $16.0 billion in 2020. By its estimation, “Pike Research forecasts that data centers will consume 139.8 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2020, a reduction of 31% from 201.8 TWh in 2010.”
And, you’ll be able to breathe easier too. Data center greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) drop as a result of the cloud’s growth, falling 28% from today’s levels.
The latest data falls in line with several recent reports heralding the cloud’s eco-advantages. Last week, Nucleus Research released data showcasing how cloud-based apps can result in up to 91 percent in energy savings. And last month, Microsoft, Accenture and WSP Environment and Energy released a report showing that companies can cut emissions and reduce power consumption by up to 30 percent by embracing the cloud.
This bodes well to the cloud’s image of a greener, budget-friendly technology. In a company statement, Pike senior analyst Eric Woods, states, “Few, if any, clean technologies have the capability to reduce energy expenditures and GHG production with so little business disruption. Software as a service, infrastructure as a service, and platform as a service are all inherently more efficient models than conventional alternatives, and their adoption will be one of the largest contributing factors to the greening of enterprise IT.”
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