News | July 15, 2009

Cloud Computing Saves Customers 423,000 Tons Of CO2, $61M In Energy Bills

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SAN MATEO, Calif. July 15, 2009 - NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of  cloud computing business management software suites, today announced the results  of a recent independent sustainability impact study of the company's Software  as a Service (SaaS) platform that reveals significant business energy-saving benefits for NetSuite customers who rely on the company's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Ecommerce software to streamline key business processes.

These green benefits translate into tangible returns for NetSuite users, according to the impact study by Greenspace, Northbrook, Ill. By vastly reducing the need for servers and support equipment, such as server room air conditioning, Greenspace found the average NetSuite customer can cut its electricity bill by more than $10,000 per year. When added to the overall costs of hardware, software licenses, maintenance, personnel and occupancy, NetSuite calculates the cost reductions can exceed $100,000 per year, per customer.

To arrive at these results, Greenspace reviewed NetSuite's platform using its EcoMetrics™ scorecard review, which measures cost savings, efficiency and environmental benefits. Highlights of the Greenspace study include:
  • With more than 6,000 customer companies sharing datacenter resources, NetSuite's platform saved more than $61 million in energy bills per year
  • These savings amount to nearly 595 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, the equivalent of nearly 423,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year
  • This is equivalent to nearly 1 million barrels of oil or the average electricity consumption of 56,000 homes per year.
"Being a green company, one of the main reasons we selected NetSuite was because we didn't need to buy additional hardware or servers, and that's good for the environment," says Angelica Biehl, director of IT for CMC Energy Services. "It has also helped us reduce our paper usage, since everyone can access the necessary information from a single system without having to make print-outs."

NetSuite has been leading the way in providing energy efficient datacenter deployments in the cloud. The NetSuite datacenter incorporates HP's award-winning servers listed in the ENERGY STAR® program, a voluntary energy efficiency program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, allowing NetSuite to realize power savings that have benefited both the company and its thousands of customers.


To encourage businesses to conserve energy, both the federal government and state/municipal governments such as the state of California have a variety of incentive programs available for businesses that qualify for potential efficiency rebates.

NetSuite customers enjoy CRM, ERP and Ecommerce sustainability and efficiency, and likewise make the platform a key component of green initiatives such as paper, energy use and travel reduction. Customers that have reaped the benefits include green-focused energy providers, wineries, zero-emission vehicle developers, ozone equipment distributors, earth-friendly bag developers and biodegradable hand cleaner manufacturers. Case studies profile customers that have made NetSuite a key component of their green initiatives, including CMC Energy Services, X Winery, ZENN Motor Company, Ozone Solutions, Ecobags.com and ProSoap. For more information about these green customers, please visit www.netsuite.com/green

The Greenspace EcoMetrics study found tremendous incremental benefits to the NetSuite approach. It not only identified significant energy savings opportunities, but revealed green benefits including e-waste reduction, paper use reduction  and increased employee productivity.

NetSuite's energy-saving green alternative to traditional on-premise ERP and CRM software solutions provides an environmentally-friendly approach to mission-critical software systems, contributing to less overall energy use, fewer emissions and smarter thinking about how companies manage technology.

Greenspace developed its innovative EcoMetrics scorecard system on the NetSuite platform to help businesses identify environmentally friendly, sustainable and "green" aspects of operations. EcoMetrics results reveal and support greener, healthier and more efficient business practices to create triple bottom-line benefits to profits, people and planet.

"The EcoMetrics scorecard measured and outlined previously undefined NetSuite SaaS green benefits," says Greenspace CEO Jason Howard. "NetSuite can now fully disclose its sustainability impact and goals, as well as the cloud platform functionality."

To support its commitment to companies that are going green, NetSuite is offering alternative energy industry association members substantial on-demand business suite discounts. Please see the accompanying press release at www.netsuite.com.

The full spectrum of NetSuite's sustainability impact is available in "NetSuite Offers Green Alternative to Traditional On-Premise ERP and CRM Solutions," a white paper created by Greenspace following the EcoMetrics study. The white paper is posted at www.netsuite.com. For more about Greenspace, visit www.greenspacesupply.com.