The Carbon Disclosure Project in London released a report following analysis of UK, French and U.S firms that have been using cloud computing for at least two years. The report showed that major companies could reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 50% and significantly increase energy efficiency by shifting to cloud computing. The report said that large UK companies could achieve annual energy savings of £1.2 billion if they move to cloud computing.
Carbon reduction is another driver for companies whose primary driver tends to be to have computing facilities made available in hours or minutes, in contrast to the traditional IT model, where resources can take weeks to allocate.
Cloud computing makes resources available via a direct connection to the Excell network rather than through local computing resources. From a business perspective, the real potential of cloud computing is that it can improve the alignment between IT and business. Cloud computing costs are much more variable in nature and can be tuned up or down depending on business needs. This variability allows more spending to be focused on technology that directly delivers business value.
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