Deploying data center operations to the cloud can cut carbon emissions and energy use by 30 percent for large organizations, and by much more for smaller operations, according to a lifecycle analysis sponsored by Microsoft.

The study, entitled “Cloud Computing and Sustainability: The Environmental Benefits of Moving to the Cloud,” was conducted by Accenture and WSP. The study methodology was aligned to the Global eSustainability Initiative standards and compared energy use and carbon emissions per small, mid-sized and large users of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007 and Dynamics CRM, with their cloud counterparts.

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