Headquartered in Malm\u00f6, Sweden, Cloudist AB is on a mission to help managed service providers embrace the transformative potential of the cloud. But Robert Brink, the company\u2019s cloud architect, notes there is a caveat.\n\n\u201cWe want our customers to be able to provide their clients with high-performance cloud services from the Nordic region\u2019s most secure data centers with one click,\u201d says Brink. \u201cWe want them to take advantage of the peace of mind we offer \u2013 100% predictable costs, no vendor lock-in, no commitment periods, and the scalability they need to remain nimble. But first and foremost, we want them to make a choice to create a positive change for the planet.\u201d\n\nThis positive change is to address an issue that is more than a business imperative for Cloudist. It\u2019s the very mission of the company: to decrease the carbon emissions generated by cloud services and the operation of the data centers that make them possible.\n\n\u201cCloud-based digitalization is the future, but today\u2019s cloud services are responsible for nearly 4% of all CO2 emissions,\u201d adds Brink. \u201cWhen you look at that in context \u2013 Climatiq for example estimates that commercial air travel is responsible for 2.4% \u2013 the importance of offering cloud services in a way that eliminates carbon emissions is readily apparent. We provide 100% green cloud services because we believe we have to, not just as a company, but collectively as providers of the IT services and solutions enterprises need to work smarter and more sustainably. Our mission is to be a pioneer and a driving force for positive change by offering green cloud solutions.\u201d\n\nAll of Cloudist\u2019s services use entirely renewable energy sources throughout the entire delivery chain. This includes facilities operated by Ecodatacenters in Falun and Pite\u00e5. Powered by 75% hydropower and 25% wind power, the data center Falun offers unparalleled security and is optimized for high-density applications. The data center in Pite\u00e5 is powered completely by hydropower and in turn offers ironclad security and high availability.\n\nNotably, Cloudist\u2019s cloud services include Infrastructure-as-a-Service based on VMware Cloud Director and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service based on VMware Cloud Director Availability. Some of the company\u2019s many additional offerings include Storage-as-a-Service for S3 Object Storage and Cloudist\u2019s Microsoft 365 Backup, a secure and complete backup for Microsoft 365 services that lets enterprises quickly get back to business after everything from user errors to ransomware attacks.\n\n\u201cWe have a long relationship with VMware and know firsthand that it is trusted and relied on by organizations across industries,\u201d says Brink. \u201cWith our motto being \u2018Green Clouds Ahead\u2122\u2019 it is only natural and fitting that we would wholeheartedly support and participate in the VMware Zero Carbon Committed initiative.\u201d\n\nBrink stresses that Cloudist\u2019s services are particularly impactful for small- and medium-sized enterprises that are often using legacy hardware and on-premises systems installed with little or no thought given to sustainability. Needless to say, power savings and the efficient use of heat were not priorities.\n\n\u201cOur customers want to make a difference and adhere to the corporate sustainability policies and goals they put in place,\u201d he says. \u201cWe can help almost any organization make a meaningful leap in the right direction given our 100% fossil fuel-free services and carbon positive footprint, but for organizations that are making the shift from legacy, on-premises data centers the sustainability gains are truly dramatic right out of the gate.\u201d\n\nTo Brink, these gains are far more than good business. They are personal.\n\n\u201cThere are seven natural wonders of the world. Only one of them is in the clouds, the Northern Lights. We are from the North. We live and work in the North, but with the growing levels of cloud cover driven by climate change, we face a very real possibility that the northern lights will be forever hidden from view,\u201d says Brink. \u201cFor all of us here at Cloudist, those same lights and their beauty and magic are our inspiration to do everything we can not only to ensure there are \u2018Green Clouds Ahead\u2122,\u2019 but also that we collectively make real gains in reducing carbon emissions quickly. We don\u2019t have time to waste in our collective efforts to combat climate change.\u201d\n\nLearn more about Cloudist and its partnership with VMware here.