If you’re a decision maker of a cloud data center, adopt a hybrid cloud system for your business or a cloud user who want to keep yourself updated, you’ve got to understand that technology has its limitation.

Sure, the sky’s the limit for tech advances, but getting the tech adoption provisioned is a whole different story.  This is the case of cloud computing.

High density cloud data center

Resources ‘limit’ for your cloud

Just like any other IT systems, the cloud requires resources and infrastructure to maintain, no matter how effective and efficient it is compared to non-cloud systems.  As cloud tech has become mainstream, more and more companies are adopting it.

In fact, 93 percent of companies are currently using cloud services. Due the efficiency, cloud data centers are approaching their density limits. This means that to serve cloud users, more cloud data centers need to be built.

The problem is the required amount of resources to do so.  Data centers are power-hoggers and major polluters.  A single center consumes gigawatts of electricity annually – just imagine how much carbon emissions that creates.  Cost-wise, the figure is stunning: Worldwide, data center power costs billions of dollar annually.  Indeed, that’s an enormous cost to support cloud usage.

Not stopping there, there’s a particular capacity to each cloud data center. When a data center capacity maxed out, a new one needs to be built. This also doesn’t come cheap – starting from $3,000/sq. ft.  A 1,000 sq. ft. high density cloud data center would cost you $3 million to build, with a running power cost of $1,357/sq. ft./year.

The IT world needs a solution, and it comes in the form of data reduction.

Data reduction boosts your cloud efficiency

The idea of data reduction is to increase the density of data centers and optimize network utilization. The KPI is the reduction of cloud storage footprint (e.g. the physical size, data size and power consumed.)

Not only cloud data centers, but any sizes of cloud storage – on-premise or hybrid – can also implement data reduction. On a local level, using data reduction on your company’s hybrid cloud system can cut your operational costs, as well as infrastructure costs.

No more new servers to store your company’s data, no more excessive carbon footprint.

But how big is the impact of data reduction? Well, a 4-to-1 reduction in storage footprint means that 75 percent less storage required, $1.5 trillion (yes, with a ‘T’) saved in new data centers build-out, $10 billion saved in power, and 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions prevented.

I don’t know how about you, but those figures are massive.

You can learn more about data reduction and IT efficiency from this infographic, published by Permabit:

Age of IT efficiency - infographic by Permabit

Takeaway

IT is costly but critical for your business’ success. While eliminating IT is not possible, making your IT more efficient is very much possible.  Adopting cloud technology is one step forward in IT efficiency.  However, you shouldn’t stop looking for ways to maximize your company’s IT.  Data reduction lets you do just that: Maximizing your cloud and reduce costs in the process.