03 May '12, 1pm

Criticism Rains Down Over Cloud Data Centers

Criticism Rains Down Over Cloud Data Centers

We’re connected digitally as never before and the ubiquitous nature of smartphones and tablets only means that the ability to access and share information must become cheaper and faster. This shift in how we seamlessly integrate technology is the byproduct of a cloud computing revolution that’s been led by some of the biggest names in technology, companies like Google, Apple and Facebook. Consumers may associate these companies with their headquarters in places like Silicon Valley. But the world’s computing power is churned out in monolithic data centers spread across the globe. Some of these sprawling complexes consume enough energy to power a small city. And their meteoric rise in importance has mostly been fueled with sources like coal and nuclear power. That’s the finding of a Greenpeace report that takes a closer look at the impact of cloud computing and the energy re...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012...

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