Is Cloud Computing the New ‘Green’ Solution?
By Richmond Adebiaye, Ph.D., Program Chair of Computer Science and Information Technology
Today, cloud computing is one of the most cost effective ways of managing enterprises and web applications. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) explains that cloud computing enables "…on-demand network access to a shared pool of networks, servers, storage, applications and services that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” It’s convenient and efficient technology, for sure.
The resources that pre-cloud technology utilizes, including large-scale data centers incorporating thousands of servers, consume a lot of power. These high-energy emitting machines, in turn, release a high load of carbon smoke that’s harmful to the environment. Thus, unclouded technology is of prime concern to environmentalists.
A more energy-efficient solution was needed to curb the impact of standard computing to the eco-friendly society we live in. In 2000, cloud computing emerged as a green solution. Cloud computing uses lower-costing computing machinery and fewer resources. It adds another dimension to the computing world, too: minimal impact on the environment with the recycling of e-waste. Ultimately, this recycling allows for better functioning servers, lessened carbon imprints and lowered waste emissions.
Such technology which garners maximum profit as well as a reputation of eco-friendliness for organizations may be the savior of both large and small businesses. Cloud technology is certainly the solution for small businesses that typically struggle to afford costs of staying updated on even minimal technology. Large businesses that could afford heavy expenditures on information technology but not on environment-friendly computing management methods now have a more economical solution to both issues.
Green computing is now considered an essentiality. Read more on the origins and solutions of cloud computing and see whether it’s right for your business.
Richmond Adebiaye, Ph.D, CISSP, CISM, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). Dr. Adebiaye holds a doctorate in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University, and currently serves as Program Chair for the Computer Science and Information Technology departments.
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