Cloud computing can reduce business energy costs

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Businesses looking at cloud computing to offload nonessential functions like e-mail service to a service provider like AT&T (NYSE: T)  could achieve $12.3 billion in energy savings and cut out 85.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2020, a new study says.

The study, titled “Cloud Computing: The IT Solution for the 21st Century,” commissioned by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in partnership with research firm Verdantix and AT&T, says that a business that adopts cloud computing “can reduce its energy consumption, lower its carbon emissions and decrease its IT capex resources while improving operational efficiency.”
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