Optimizing cloud use for environmental efficiency is not just window dressing or greenwashing. With IT now one of the world’s largest consumers of electricity – predicted to hit 22% by 2030 – getting this right can have a substantial impact on an organization’s environmental footprint.
The environmental argument of ‘cloud versus on premises’ is over for almost all workloads. Cloud-based hardware is used around the clock – not just when your office is full and your systems are busy – and it has a built-in environmental benefit that is hard to match. Equally, cloud hyperscalers can operate, and cool, their data centers far more efficiently. They use purpose-built buildings, procure greener electricity, deploy the most up-to-date and efficient hardware and ensure better recycling and reuse of end-of-life hardware. The benefits of this are shared by all their customers.
But hardware and hosting are just the start.
What about business-critical applications?
Your applications can be commercially, technically and environmentally optimized too. The usual driver for this sort of optimization is innovation, which improves customer experience and increases revenues. But it also brings environmental benefits.
By making the most efficient use of your cloud infrastructure with the help of FinOps services from SoftwareONE, you can both control costs and improve your environmental performance. We can help you spot idle resources, underutilized storage and excessive backup processes that are all costing you – and the environment – dearly.
Research from the FinOps Foundation found that over half of organizations take days to investigate cost anomalies – which can also come with an environmental impact. Almost 20% of organizations acknowledged they are still working out how to manage such anomalies at all.
FinOps services from SoftwareONE provide greater financial oversight of the business. But they can also help you demonstrate to your board, your customers and your investors that you are meeting your ESG targets as well.