Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:54:27 PM
Many businesses have experienced the variety of benefits that come with cloud computing, from reduction of costs to increased efficiency and streamlined operations. Enhanced Online News recently reported that a new study from Pike Research revealed an often overlooked, ecological benefit of cloud computing services.
According to the source, the industry research firm's report forecasts cloud computing to reduce data center energy consumption by more than 30 percent within the next nine years. These numbers, the website notes, are in conjunction with and dependent on other projections of widespread cloud adoption.
"Cloud computing revenue will grow strongly over the next decade, with a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of almost 29 percent," Pike Research senior analyst Eric Woods told the source. "But the reduction in energy consumption will be even more significant. Massive investments in new data center technologies and computing clouds are leading to unprecedented efficiencies."
The source asserts the environmental benefits likely come from a more specialized and broader-scaled development of data centers and computing clouds leading to more efficient practices.
The International Data Corporation projects the cloud to grow from a 600,000 unit industry in 2010 to 1.3 million units by 2014.
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