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cloud when it comes to reducing energy cost

By startm1x ·
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Which one is the best for on-demand computing infrastructure when it comes to the saving cost?

a. The use of virtualization means that software runs faster and thus, uses less energy.
b. Locating computations in large data centers reduces the energy used by servers overall because they are physically closer together.
c. The use of virtualization means that software can be consolidate on few machines when usage is low, allowing us to shutdown unused machines, reducing energy use.
d. Economies of scale make cooling large numbers of machines cheaper.
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Few ways that moving to the cloud can help reduce the energy

by Bruno_Johnson In reply to cloud when it comes to re ...

Here are a few ways that moving to the cloud can help reduce the energy burden of IT services.

1. Optimizing hardware resources

Traditional data center server utilization rates are typically very low. Virtualization can allow a single system to support multiple applications or images, improving the use of IT equipment capabilities, and executing more workloads in less space with less energy.

Cloud is a dynamic way to quickly provision resources. With the capability of automatically turning on and off computers according to demands, the cloud helps use hardware resources efficiently and intelligently.

2. Using energy efficiently

Cloud providers have invested in advanced hardware technology and replaced equipment to offer improved performance with reduced power consumption. For example, IBM POWER8 can provide up to twice per core performance when compared with the previous generation, consuming a similar quantity of energy.

Another example is cloud hierarchical storage management (storage tiering), which places data on the right hardware. This means data that is used less is stored on higher latency equipment. IBM FlashSystem and solid-state drives (SSDs) as storage systems are good options, as they use no spinning disks.

Cloud is great to consider when an organization has budget restrictions for refreshing older hardware.

3. Reducing costs

Cloud helps keep costs manageable with a pay-as-you-go structure, rather than a company deploying an entire additional system involving cabling peripherals, racks, increased energy consumption, and more.

The Uptime Institute states that “decommissioning a single 1U rack server can result in $500 per year in energy savings, an additional $500 in operating system licenses, and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs.”

4. Reducing data center footprints

As technology has improved, so has data center design. In many cases, data centers designed several years ago can waste a lot of energy, have less efficient cooling systems, and fail to adhere to more recent air quality regulations. Instead of a complete redesign or adding more space to address new demands, you could consider moving to the cloud.

Cloud can help simplify IT by providing scalability, reducing provisioning time for a new system or application, and enabling standardization.

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