First, Symantec published some enterprise survey results suggesting that businesses are exploring software as a service (SaaS) as a green computing option. Now, on-demand business applications company NetSuite has tied some specific metrics to the trend.
According to an "impact" study conducted for NetSuite conducted by Greenspace, the average customer of NetSuite can cut their electric bill by more than $10,000 per year. That's because moving these applications somewhere else reduces the need for on-premise servers and cooling equipment. Greenspace figured this out using its EcoMetrics scorecard review.
Overall, Greenspace suggests, NetSuite's customers are saving an aggregate of $61 million in energy by sharing data center resources. That translates into approximately 432,000 metric tons of carbon. Here's the complete Web suite for more details, plus a number of case study examples from companies that have saved on their electrics by switching to NetSuite.
If you happen to be company that has made a bonafida commitment to green technologies OR to developing a sustainabile business model through conservation-minded environmental, NetSuite is seeking to snag you as a customer.
According to the terms of a promotion that runs through Dec. 31, 2009, the company is offering a 50 percent discount off the first-year subscription fee for all users. It will also cap any renewal increases at 10 percent after the first year.
In order to qualify, your company needs to show proof of membership in a "green" association such as the Solar Industries Association, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, American Wind Energy Association or U.S. Green Building Council.
Of course, NetSuite uses energy in its own data center, so SOMEONE is using power to run these applications. You need to consider this as an offset to the information it has proclaimed above. Although NetSuite dances around this issue, the company says it has invested in Energy Star-compliant servers from Hewlett-Packard in order to do its part. Would love to hear those numbers.