Thursday, 16th June 2011, 15:03:16
Cloud hosting services can help companies become "highly energy efficient" but could lead to higher carbon footprint by increasing capacity.
That is according to Rhonda Ascierto, a senior analyst at Ovum, who said that the long-term picture of energy use through cloud computing is still uncertain.
However, she did add that large cloud data centres are optimised for energy saving and renewable energy sources.
Ms Ascierto believes that though there could be scalability issues, companies will have bigger resources.
"Companies can increase their IT operations considerably in the cloud, and so it follows that demand will increase," she said.
"Even though the cloud can be highly energy efficient, it seems plausible that cloud computing could actually increase IT's total carbon footprint over time."
It comes as research published this week from Symantec revealed that 72 per cent of chief information officers are looking to adopt cloud services, compared to more than half of chief information officers.
Posted by Judy Gifford
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