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Sustainability can be a core driver of cloud innovation

I’ve long argued in support of the role that cloud computing can play to reduce power consumption related to compute and storage. The rest of the world is finally coming around. Today, most enterprises want to get close to a net-zero carbon impact. 

The reasons go beyond pure altruism and public relations. As reported by Forbes, the effects of climate change will cost companies up to $1.6 trillion per year by 2025. This is a clear business issue that must be addressed. 

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In addition, emerging regulations are targeting the carbon footprints of companies and governments. Compliance reviews will check the efficiency of the company, especially the optimization of compute resources. Depending on which countries your enterprise operates from, the downside of this carbon regulation trend could be millions of dollars in fines and/or negative publicity. 

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