With the explosive growth of demand for cloud services in the last few years, providers are building more and larger data centers almost continuously. As the scale of the facilities increases, more emphasis is placed on homogenizing equipment, streamlining operations, and focusing intensely on driving higher levels of efficiency in both the compute infrastructure and physical power and cooling systems. For customers, this translates to lower costs for the services provided, but looking deeper uncovers a larger set of benefits. Beyond the savings associated with licensing, maintaining, and refreshing servers and storage equipment, companies looking at migrating to a cloud provider will see a tremendous operating savings by significantly reducing the energy use of their workloads.

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