Power consumption for communication devices is expected to increase dramatically with the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT). As these devices come online, we will see a reduction in the number of on-premise servers as virtualisation makes it possible to run business servers from a centralised location. This location, a data centre, houses servers that can run many virtual environments, reducing the power required to sustain the needs of technology hungry businesses.
As software becomes more advanced, it requires more powerful hardware to run, so existing devices quickly become outdated. These unwanted devices are added to an ever increasing volume of e-Waste that can lead to shortages in resources and environmental damage. Virtualisation can reduce e-Waste by running all the hardware intensive operations from a centralised data centre location, eliminating performance issues for end-users and ultimately, increasing the life span of their devices.
Since the communications world is looking to virtualise at every opportunity, greater resources are being allocated to find the most efficient ways to run the underlying hardware. The latest processors and storage devices demand less power and enable cloud hosting providers the chance to move huge virtual clusters to more energy efficient and environmentally friendly platforms.