Cloud computing can help with energy use efficiency
Cloud computing services have started to become a prominent fixture of many companies and Urs Holzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure at Google, said it can help companies use their energy more efficiently as well.
"Data centers are responsible for between 1.1 and 1.5 percent of global energy use (compare that to transportation at 25 percent), and Google’s data centers are less than a percent of that," Holzle said on the New York Times' opinion page. "It’s a testament to the almost unimaginable improvements in computing power per watt that Moore’s Law has brought us over the past decades."
Holzle wrote that by moving to cloud based services, companies can save a lot of money and better control their emissions every year since all the data can run through one efficient server location.
A report last year from the Carbon Disclosure Project showed that by 2020, companies using cloud computing will be able to save $12.3 billion annually, partially from the energy savings. The report said use of the cloud could save as much as 200 million barrels of oil from being used for energy generation each year.