Cut the carbon footprint of your business by outsourcing your data centre management

​Why colocation is key for cutting your carbon footprint

Sustainabil by mark his view, Flickr

Sustainabil by mark his view, Flickr

Sustainability is a significant consideration for your business. Environmental responsibility is an essential part of meeting your corporate social objectives and developing a positive brand perception. A recent BSR study found that 72 per cent of businesses see sustainability as one of their top business priorities.

When you think of sustainability, your mind probably jumps straight to reducing your carbon footprint with renewable energy sources. Yet before you deliver on this longer-term objective it’s worth considering how your business can use less of its existing resources. Outsourcing data centre services will help streamline your operations, reducing the amount of energy and resources you use. Here are three ways moving to a colocation facility will help your business become more sustainable and efficient.

Reduce space

Operating an internal data centre puts your business at a disadvantage when it comes to sustainability. It’s unlikely that your office building was specifically designed for the sustainable management of IT infrastructure. Over the years you’ve continuously added more equipment and modified the environment to suit evolving business needs. Moving to a facility that was purpose-built to manage data at scale will allow you to dramatically reduce the space you’re using. This will also help to minimise capital expenditure and overheads.

Reorganise resources

How often does your data centre equipment need maintenance? You’re wasting valuable resources that could be allocated to more strategic work. Moving to an external data centre will also allow you to take advantage of centralised maintenance, so more of your resources can be applied to IT projects that have real value for your business whether that’s developing new applications or adding new features to existing ones.

Maximise energy efficiency

One of the main drawbacks of an internal data centre is the inability to correctly measure the power you’re using. Your office building hasn’t been designed to give you that information, but there’s a strong chance you’re using too much power even if you can’t measure it. You’re likely working your infrastructure too hard and over-investing in maintenance so that nothing falls over. Outsourcing your data centre management will alleviate this concern.

A well-designed and operated data centre will measure your usage to provide relevant and actionable insights about the operation of your infrastructure or hosted service. More importantly, you’ll only pay for what you actually use, so you can scale the solution to meet changing business needs.

Get started

Outsourcing your data centre operations will allow your business to become more efficient and, in turn, more sustainable, while giving you better cloud connectivity with lower latency and much improved security. Moving your systems to the cloud gives even more of a boost to your sustainability, because it both lowers your rack footprint and sees more of your IT service hosted in highly energy efficient data centres.

If you’re a smaller business, the amount of power you use isn’t going to have a huge impact, but these small changes can be part of a broader shift to sustainable energy. For larger enterprises, maintaining an internal data centre is challenging and complex. Moving to a specialised hosting environment will ensure you’re not using (or paying for) more space and power than you need.

Simon Cooper is Chief Operating Officer, NEXTDC

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags businessbusiness managementsustainabilityData CentreData Center

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Simon Cooper

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

PC World Evaluation Team Review - MSI GT75 TITAN

"I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it."

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?