Both cloud computing and sustainability are emerging as transformative trends in business and society. Even though they are unaware of it, most people already use cloud-enabled services. Most email, social media, online gaming and many mobile applications are all hosted in clouds.
Microsoft Dynamics AX – SMBs and the Cloud
Sustainable Dynamics are able to support deployment of Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions in both cloud (off premise) and on premise configurations.
Benefits of ERP Cloud Solutions
When organizations move their ERP business applications to the cloud, the energy used and their carbon footprint per user is reduced by at least 30%. For mid-market businesses these results can be even more dramatic. The cloud’s unprecedented economies of scale reduce overall cost and increase efficiencies, especially when replacing an organization’s locally operated on-premise servers. But does this advantage also translate to environmental benefits?
Several key factors enable cloud computing to lower energy use and carbon emissions from IT:
- Dynamic Provisioning: Reducing wasted computing resources through better matching of server capacity with actual demand.
- Multi-Tenancy: Flattening relative peak loads by serving large numbers of organizations and users on shared infrastructure.
- Server Utilization: Operating servers at higher utilization rates.
- Data Center Efficiency: Utilizing advanced data center infrastructure designs that reduce power loss through improved cooling, power conditioning, etc.
Cloud providers are in great positions to reduce the environmental impact of information technology because of their scale. IT decision-makers can take advantage of highly efficient cloud infrastructure, effectively “outsourcing” their IT efficiency investments while helping their company achieve its sustainability goals. Beyond the commonly cited benefits of cloud computing — such as cost savings and increased agility — cloud computing has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of many business applications.