Dried-up lakes, shrinking glaciers, polar bears left stranded: global climate change is increasingly threatening the future. Impressive but also frightening images are provided by Google Time Lapse, which shows in fast motion how landscapes have changed over the last 40 years. The mission is clear: take action as quickly as possible to reduce our environmental footprint.
According to a recent Gartner study3, public cloud providers are working hard to implement a transparent climate strategy over the next three years. Cloud services are especially environmentally friendly thanks to the consolidation of data centers, the use of renewable energies, energy-efficient hardware, and improved cooling systems – the key words here are Green IT.
Flexible scalability also ensures an optimal use of resources, which reduces energy consumption compared to conventional systems. Cloud hyperscalers, particularly, are investing in intelligent automation and AI to analyze and minimize environmental impacts further. The multi-tenancy architecture of the cloud allows hardware to be shared – this way, servers are optimally utilized, and energy is used more sparingly.