There is no doubt that data is costing the earth. The exponential rise in the creation and storage of data has led to an exponential rise in the footprint of data centers. Cloud has certainly helped to contribute to reduction of data related CO2 but there is so much more that can be done. And it all starts with knowing what data to do what with.
Use the Cloud
Identify and move the right data to the cloud to reduce data center footprint.
Use Lower Tier Storage
Identify and move the right data to lower tier storage to avoid purchasing more high-footprint Tier 1 storage.
Optimize Existing Storage
Identify and move data between any unused space to decommission old high footprint storage quicker.
Backup the Edge
Avoid buying duplicate high footprint hardware at every branch office and backup to the core instead.