01 Aug '11, 6pm

MG: Good News for Data Centers, Cree’s Bright Prototype and Google’s Flight Contest: Data centers are even a b...

Data centers are even a better bargain than imagined. A study from Stanford professor Jonathan Koomey says that power consumption inside of data centers is growing slower than anticipated by a widely-circulated report from the EPA in 2007. "Electricity used in global data centers likely accounted for between 1.1 percent and 1.5 percent of total electricity use, respectively. For the U.S. that number was between 1.7 percent and 2.2 percent,” the report states. The EPA said power consumption for data centers was closer to 2 percent in 2005 and on track to double. It's good news, and it underscores two things we've been saying here for a while. First, the hand-wringing about data centers is overblown. Online shopping and video conferencing allow individuals and businesses alike avoid things like unnecessary trips across town, or the country. Downloading books and music curbs ...

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