Three ways to use cloud computing to achieve your sustainability goals

January 6, 2022 | 4 minute read
Andrew Hahn
Product Marketing Manager focused on privacy & cloud computing
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Environmental sustainability is good business because efforts to be more eco-friendly naturally lead to more savings. Recycling, conservation, and water saving devices all reduce waste and keep down costs. An often-overlooked tactic that can further reduce your carbon footprint and energy usage is moving your on-premises technology infrastructure to the cloud.

How is moving to the cloud eco-friendly?

Moving your on-premises infrastructure to the cloud naturally provides benefits, such as reduced overhead, trading capital expenditures for operational expenditures, and scalability without adding physical machines. These benefits translate into less power usage and less environmental waste when cloud machines are retired.

But the process has more benefits. Let’s explore three ways cloud migration can help your organization to achieve your sustainability goals.

Reduce power usage

Cloud data centers, by design, operate more efficiently than smaller on-premises implementations, thanks to dynamic provisioning and multitenant architecture. A well-designed data center can adapt hardware for efficiency to reduce power consumption and keep heat generation at a minimum. Data centers that are powered by wind, solar, or a mix of renewables and nonrenewable sources can further reduce your carbon footprint.

A photo of windmills at sunset

Photo by Karsten Würth

By moving to the cloud, you no longer need to account for data center scope 1 and 2 emissions in your organization’s footprint. Oracle also manages all recycling, reuse, and disposal of retired IT assets. Emissions resulting from equipment and parts delivery are also reduced and are already down by over 45% since 2015.

Build a greener supply chain

When you move your workloads to the cloud, most of your IT supply chain changes and capital expenditures are traded for operational expenditures. Instead of procuring machines, racks, and building your own data center, you pay for that as a service, and you benefit from an eco-optimized supply chain. As companies worldwide consolidate on-premises IT infrastructures into an eco-friendlier model, we collectively reduce our carbon footprint across the globe.

A global OCI data center map

But moving to the cloud is only a small step in the right direction.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) applications take it a step further. These apps enable you to improve all your organization’s supply chains, not just IT procurement. OCI apps give companies the following capabilities:

  • Build sustainable supply chains and select suppliers based on sustainability-related criteria

  • Eliminate waste and reduce resource consumption by streamlining manufacturing production cycles

  • Optimize the use of environmental resources

  • Reduce energy consumption and emissions and optimize transportation load, dock, and routing activities

  • Maximize the use of facilities and assets and ensure best sustainability practices and quality compliance management

  • Optimize energy distribution for a smarter grid and help consumers reduce energy consumption

  • Empower citizens to influence their behavior and provide a city infrastructure to optimize data center efficiency

  • Design products that meet regulatory and efficiency standards

Join the circular economy

By migrating to the cloud, your organization benefits from economy of scale, especially for carbon reduction, energy consumption, and equipment. The cloud enables you to take advantage of high efficiency cloud infrastructure with centralized servers, optimized energy use, and intelligent cooling systems.

A graphic depicting how OCI participates in the circular economy illustration

We lower your carbon footprint in the following ways:

  • High utilization: Dense computing environments attaining much higher utilization rates than on-premises

  • Elasticity: Elastic computing platform grows and shrinks dynamically with the rhythm of an organization, eliminating the need to build excess capacity in anticipation of future demand

  • Energy efficiency: State-of-the-art intelligent energy management and cooling technologies based on industry-leading expertise and best practices optimize energy use

  • Design for environment (DfE): Incorporates energy efficiency, dematerialization, serviceability, and recyclability into design

  • Resource efficiency: Minimizes packaging and simplifies the logistics for new hardware delivery, spare parts, and retiring hardware for reuse or recycling

  • Renewable energy: Be part of the move toward to utilize 100% renewable energy by 2025

  • Repair and recycle: Out of the 7,750 metric tons of hardware used in FY20, only 0.4% went to a landfill. All other material was repaired, reused, or recycled

Make your move

With the environment in mind, we’re helping customers and partners to build a more circular economy, increase energy and resource efficiency, and allow higher utilization rates while reducing costs.

We offer a powerful and affordable cloud with a greener technology supply chain, providing a holistic suite of tools to tackle other supply chain structures in your business. You can be confident that the technology infrastructure is part of the circular economy.

To learn more about the clean cloud, see an overview of Oracle’s current operations, and review sustainability goals, visit the Sustainability Corporate Citizenship Report.

Andrew Hahn

Product Marketing Manager focused on privacy & cloud computing

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