Energy Saved by Moving Applications to Cloud Could Power Los Angeles for a Year

A six-month study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with funding from Google, has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could cut overall energy consumption by 87% – or 23 billion kilowatt-hours – enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year. And this is just the power consumed by three common business applications — email, customer relationship management software, and bundled desktop productivity software. Imagine if enterprise software were factored into the equation.

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