07 July 2011 16:00:38
The ways cloud computing changes business operations have been well explored. But, according to one expert, the technology not only affects a company's workforce, it can also impact the data center.
Writing for Network World, HyperStratus CEO Bernard Golden asserted that cloud computing has the potential to make a company's hardware operate more efficiently than many on-premise solutions. This is not an area often explored, he noted, but one that has become more evident in recent years.
Golden cited several cloud computing vendors as evidence of this trend. He pointed out that companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook have made significant strides to boost the energy efficiency of their data centers.
Additionally, for many companies, using the cloud means they reduce the physical hardware needed in the office. This, in turn, has the potential to reduce energy costs. Therefore, the cloud may be instrumental in companies efforts to cut overhead costs, as well as their carbon footprints.
Small- and medium-sized businesses, in particular, have been enthusiastic about the cloud's potential as a cost-saver. According to a recent AMI-Partners study, 30 percent of SMBs are currently using the cloud to store data.
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