Study On Energy Consumption And Carbon Footprint On Application Of Cloud Computing Case Study: SEGI University
Cloud Computing is an emerging as a new paradigm that will change the way IT centers in business and industry are utilizing computing infrastructures, software and platforms as services. Organizations and institutions are seeking avenues to effectively access data, resources and applications in a secured manner over the internet by utilizing thecloud computing concept. By using this concept reduction on the environmental impact of computers usage with particular emphasis on reduction of energy consumption and carbon footprint can be achieved. This study concentrates on the application of cloud computing in SEGi University and its impact on the energy consumption and carbon footprint. This is done by comparing the existing server-based computing with cloud computing. The comparison is basedonthe carbon footprint effect on environment and energy consumption in the university. Based on the outcome of the study, followedby redesign of the current server-based computing model is redesignedbased on the cloud computing concept.A field study is conducted to estimateand calculate the energy consumption and associated carbon footprint between the two models.
The results showed that for 2013 the energy consumption of the server-based is about3GWh/year with its associated carbon footprint of 265,217kgCO2eqv/year. The proposed redesign paradigm showed reduction of 63% in the energy consumption and 64% in the carbon footprint.
Keyword: Global warming, Carbon footprint, Cloud computing, Green cloud computing, Carbon emission, Think client, Thick client.