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Going Green: Are Virtual Desktops Sustainable?

You might be aware that virtual desktop solutions can enhance the flexibility, productivity and efficiency of your operations, but did you know that they might also be a greener option for your business?

As climate change continues to dominate the headlines, many organisations are looking to implement more sustainable practices. End-user computing is a major contributor to environmental pollution and global warming, generating 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions. However, virtual desktop solutions, like Azure Virtual Desktop, have actually been shown to have the opposite effect. If your business is looking to reduce your carbon emissions, you might want to consider implementing virtual desktop solutions in your business.


Azure Virtual Desktop Sustainability

Microsoft Azure has been carbon neutral since 2012, meaning that it emits as much carbon as it reduces. Additionally, migrating to Microsoft Azure from an on-premises environment could increase energy efficiency by up to 93% and decrease carbon emissions by up to 98%. Microsoft is continually investing resources into improving sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.


How Does Azure Virtual Desktop Improve Sustainability?

There are many factors that contribute to virtual desktop sustainability. Harnessing the power of the Cloud and the resources made available by Cloud providers, virtual desktop solutions could be the greener answer your business has been looking for.

Operational Efficiency

As businesses change and scale up or down, it can result in unused resources. As a highly scalable and flexible solution, Azure Virtual Desktop can help with this. Azure calculates the anticipated demand to ensure that the correct about of computing resources are allotted. This helps to avoid overprovisioning resources and wasting unnecessary energy.

Reduced Energy Consumption

Specialised IT equipment can reduce electricity consumption by 10%. As Azure servers are designed to function at maximum efficiency and facilitate advanced scaling, using Azure Virtual Desktop helps to improve the energy efficiency of your company. Plus, one of the main reasons for virtual desktop sustainability is that these solutions help to minimise your infrastructure and hardware requirements. By enabling remote working, virtual desktop solutions help to reduce your on-premises electricity usage and reduce your carbon footprint.

Eco-Friendly Data Centres

Virtual desktop sustainability has a lot to do with the data centres that Cloud providers use. Microsoft uses hyperscale data centres to power their Microsoft Cloud services. These data centres can monitor and manage specific metrics such as lighting, cooling and power usage. This allows them to achieve better power usage effectiveness than a business operating with an on-premises infrastructure.


Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

Virtual desktop sustainability has the potential to make a big difference to your business’ carbon footprint. If you’re ready to make a positive change, CMI are here to help. Our Cloud experts have supported many clients through virtual desktop migrations and helped them see success as a result.

To find out more about how virtual desktop solutions could transform and modernise your business, download our eBook today.


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Topics: Virtual Desktop Solution

Graham Stead

Written by Graham Stead

Graham joined CMI following the acquisition of his previous business in 2016, having successfully run that for business for 20 years. Graham's absolute focus is on making sure that we consistently hold our clients central to everything that we do, and is often heard repeating our mantra "we exist to make a significant positive impact on our clients business". Graham and his team work closely with our clients to educate, inform, and ultimately to provide technology that delivers that positive impact. Outside of the office, he is a huge supporter of Bone Cancer Research Trust and has raised over £130,000 for them in recent years.

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