Sustainability is not just a moral necessity but also a critical strategic imperative for businesses. Accenture reports that sustainability has become a top-10 business priority for the first time ever, while a Forrester Consulting survey shows that 61 percent of Fortune Global 200 companies created senior management and executive positions to lead sustainability programs. Yet the same Accenture study reveals that currently only 18 percent of companies have a sustainability strategy in place or have fully defined sustainable IT targets.
Increase efficiency with Azure hybrid solutions
Microsoft hybrid solutions powered by Azure Arc can help modernize IT to reach sustainability targets and increase operational efficiency. Workloads that are migrated to the Azure cloud can generate as much as 98 percent lower carbon emissions and consume upwards of 93 percent less power. For workloads that cannot be migrated to the cloud, Azure Arc technologies can help bring the efficiency of the Azure cloud to your on-premises infrastructure. With Azure Arc–enabled servers, you can connect your existing hardware to Azure for more efficient and effective management of your infrastructure. Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance enables you to modernize your Microsoft SQL Server deployments to take advantage of the latest SQL Server database engine and increased CPU efficiency. And with Azure Stack HCI, you can streamline your IT estate by moving to a more resource-efficient hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).
Customers around the world are already seeing operational benefits from Azure Arc while moving closer to attaining their sustainability goals.
A food-and-beverage retailer in the United Kingdom moved to Azure Stack HCI to speed up its global virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment, only to find that it also saved 100,000 kWh in power usage year on year in the process.
The transport authority for a major UK city modernized its datacenter to Azure Stack HCI to consolidate its large-file services to Azure, and in doing so, it reduced energy usage by 30–35 percent.
Embracing sustainable IT is crucial not just for the future of the planet, but also for the future of your business. Azure hybrid-cloud solutions can provide sustainability advantages that can also deliver tangible and immediate benefits to your organization. Azure Arc can help provide better insights into your IT estate, reuse your existing infrastructure with improved operational efficiency, and consolidate workloads onto modern, hybrid infrastructure. With the sustainability and efficiency benefits of Azure hybrid-cloud solutions, it’s possible to do well by doing good.