Close-up photograph of links in a chain.
Depending on configuration, a connection might be only as strong as the weakest link.

It would be all too easy for to be smug when reading AWS' sustainability commitment — but it would be foolish. While we applaud Amazon's efforts to decarbonise their business, we wish they were leading by example (as they often do with their technology) by pursuing this target more aggressively.

As a small "cloud" provider, of course it is easier for the Faelix hosting network to be powered by 100% renewables — our size makes us more agile. We do not have large numbers of contracts with energy suppliers to negotiate, some of which might take years to run through legal and finance, and might involve utilities and power engineering to redeliver. Amazon's article points out another key benefit of using virtual infrastructure in the cloud, rather than on-premises equipment:

A typical large-scale cloud provider achieves approximately 65% server utilization rates versus 15% on-premises, which means when companies move to the cloud, they typically provision fewer than ¼ of the servers than they would on-premises.

Get in touch to find out how we can help you meet environental and energy efficiency goals within your hosting and cloud deployments.