An Investigation into the Use of Hybrid Solar Power and Cloud Service Solutions for 24/7 Computing

Emmanuel Kayode Akinshola Ogunshile

Abstract

As the human race demands more from computing, the national grids of nations around the world subsequently have to burn additional fossil fuels to meet increased power requirements. The aim of this paper is to investigate ways in which an organisation could reduce its operational costs and therefore be greener through the implementation of either a complete solar solution or a more hybrid mix with cloud computing thrown in. Through the creation of a hypothetical UK based SME we compared solar technology currently in the market in order to understand not only the total investment required but also just how efficient solar technology is, or perhaps is not. We also investigated comparable technology from the three cloud providers (Microsoft, Amazon and Google) to discover whether replacing on-premise hardware with that available in data centres would be more cost-effective than full solar solution or reduce the total amount of solar technology required. Having conducted the research, we found that solar technology is in no way an effective solution for the total replacement of power from the national grid, it can be very pricey to implement especially on the scale of always on computing and is easily affected by the elements-which given the UK as a location is not ideal. It was also discovered that cloud computing is in no way as affordable as it is perhaps made out to be but has the benefits of being considered a) an operational expenditure, b) fully maintained and; c) fully flexible, these all being reasons which help a growing SME expand down the line without unnecessary hardware outlay. Our final recommendations provide a fair cost comparison over the total expected payback period for the solar setup of installing a solar solution to power the entire on-premise systems and simply having a hybrid of both solar and cloud.

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Akinshola Ogunshile E. (2017). An Investigation into the Use of Hybrid Solar Power and Cloud Service Solutions for 24/7 Computing . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-758-243-1, pages 743-754. DOI: 10.5220/0006380007430754


in Bibtex Style

@conference{closer17,
author={Emmanuel Kayode Akinshola Ogunshile},
title={An Investigation into the Use of Hybrid Solar Power and Cloud Service Solutions for 24/7 Computing},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},
year={2017},
pages={743-754},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006380007430754},
isbn={978-989-758-243-1},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
TI - An Investigation into the Use of Hybrid Solar Power and Cloud Service Solutions for 24/7 Computing
SN - 978-989-758-243-1
AU - Akinshola Ogunshile E.
PY - 2017
SP - 743
EP - 754
DO - 10.5220/0006380007430754