Mimecast leads the “greening” of the data center
Company eliminates 8,349 servers from clients’ IT footprint with SaaS-Based Unified eMail Management Services
Mimecast®, a holistic email management company offering SaaS-based email archiving, continuity, security and policy control, has solved some of the toughest email management challenges for more than 2,000 customers for the past four years. With this success, it has made a significant advancement in the “greening” of enterprise IT by collectively eliminating more than 8,300 power-intensive servers for email management worldwide, reducing their numbers by nearly 30 to 1, with a more efficient service that manages enterprise email security, continuity, archiving, and storage “in the cloud.” Mimecast also today unveiled collective energy savings realized by its customers from moving their in-house servers to the Mimecast SaaS-based system, representing sufficient energy savings to power more than 3,700 U.S. households for a year.
Using the software-as-a-service (SAAS) model, Mimecast offers a way to change how business communication and data is managed. While maintaining on-site control of their mail server, companies can migrate all other mail services offsite thereby eliminating the security, compliance, archiving, storage and continuity headaches associated with comprehensive email management. However, the power savings represent a significant “green” benefit.
To fully grasp the impact that SaaS-based unified email management can deliver, Mimecast examined typical operational environments to illustrate its customers’ impact on the global ecosystem. The findings were dramatic:
- Mimecast customers have to date removed 8,349 servers from data centers worldwide by aggregating unified email management from their premises into the Mimecast cloud, where multi-tenant grid architecture enables a server utilization ratio of nearly 30 to 1.
- To ensure these servers are retired and not simply switching ownership, the company leverages a secure, true multi-tenant grid system to optimize the amount of hardware necessary for its services.
- Looking at the energy savings a little differently, Mimecast customers replace enough servers to save the equivalent energy used to power 3,780 U.S. households per year, and the equivalent of hundreds of barrels of oil and tons of raw materials annually.
- Mimecast users save as much on carbon emissions as 320,000 passenger cars using two million gallons of fuel.
With the data center representing a prime opportunity to combine green IT initiatives with measurable cost and resource savings, companies that reduce this hardware footprint—specifically, those servers dedicated to email management—are taking important steps to improving data center practices and reaping the complimentary green benefits.
According to the August 2008 Gartner research, “Green IT: Immediate Issues for Users to Focus On,” “more than 70% of Global 1000 enterprises will face significant data center problems, such as limited power and floor space, during the next four years, requiring substantial capital costs to build new facilities or refurbish existing ones. Without such investments, these organizations will struggle to provide adequate and efficient IT services.” Moreover, “the immediate focus of green IT spending should be around data center power, cooling and facilities problems.”
Commenting on this compelling business case, Mimecast CEO, Peter Bauer added, “The operational and energy efficiencies enterprises stand to gain from SaaS-based unified email management are compelling. With energy efficiency and green IT issues front-and-center in today’s business environment, our unique approach to server reduction, and the tangible savings it provides, is borne out through the data and enabled through our secure, multi-tenant grid computing system. These savings represent yet another way in which customers can take control of their email infrastructures and reduce the associated maintenance costs to ensure continuity while practicing resource conservation.”
For additional information regarding the green IT benefits of email server reduction in the data center, and examples of customer successes, please visit http://www.mimecast.com/us/customer-success/
Mimecast delivers cloud-based email management for Microsoft Exchange, including archiving, continuity and security. By unifying disparate and fragmented email environments into one holistic solution that is always available from the cloud, Mimecast minimizes risk and reduces cost and complexity, while providing total end-to-end control of email. Founded in the United Kingdom in 2003, Mimecast serves approximately 4,000 customers worldwide and has offices in Europe, North America, Africa and the Channel Islands.
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