January 25, 2017 15:24
Published: May 24, 2016 14:40
These days, many businesses out there are considering more ways to make themselves more “green”. Environmentally-conscious business practices are quickly becoming less a point of pride and more a necessity as the realities of a business’s carbon footprint become more apparent in our watch-dog world.
Adding recycling bins to the office is a popular choice. If you have a larger company, setting up a transportation pool is another. Some even go as far as switching out all the lights in the office for LED’s.
One option that may not be as popular or as well-known when it comes to environmentally-thoughtful initiatives is staring you right in the face. Literally.
Your computing systems, necessary as they are, eat up a ton of electricity. This is a known quantity. You gotta keep the lights on, after all.
But something few business owners are aware of is how much of their computer network can be transferred to the cloud. In fact, moving data storage, accessibility, and even some day-to-day functionality to the cloud can save you a good chunk of cash on the front end, and benefit the environment on the back.
When it comes to the bottom line, anything you can do to eek out a few extra dollars is worth a shot. Cloud-based computing, or at the very least, data storage, is one way that some businesses are saving more than a few dollars.
The cost of a network like this to the traditional business is lower for a number of reasons. First, you don’t have to maintain a server network. The equipment cost and the related power consumption (which has been shown in many instances to be gluttonous at best…) are eliminated. This can amount to thousands of dollars a year back in the businesses pockets.
Also, when transferring this functionality to the cloud, you have the ability to access much larger, much more energy-efficient networks out there. Google, for example, offers cloud-based computing for businesses that runs on a network with a zero-rated carbon footprint. Larger networks can be run more efficiently, and so by accessing them, not only are you saving money, but you’re saving energy as well.
Don’t get us wrong, nothing is perfect. There is a minimal amount of downtime to consider with any cloud-based system, and you should do your research on whatever cloud-based computing system you want to look into. A good thing to do is to reach out to your VoIP or internet provider and ask a ton of questions about whether this would be a viable option for you.
But no matter what, if you’re looking to contribute to the environment with your company, one thing to look into is cloud-based computing. As time goes on and technology improves, the cloud is becoming more of a standby and less of a luxury for small businesses.
After all, this little blue ball we’re spinning around on is the only home we’ve got. Let’s give a little back, shall we?