11 Nov '11, 5pm

The Cloud Is Only As Green As The People Using It

The Cloud Is Only As Green As The People Using It

Cloud computing is often offered up as the new solution for IT energy consumption. By putting everything in the cloud, we can minimize carbon emission, right? In a report last year from Pike Research , cloud computing could be responsible for cutting GHGs by as much as 38%, and a more recent report from Carbon Disclosure Project in London noted that companies could cut their carbon footprint in half by moving their IT systems to shared networks. Greenpeace noted earlier in the year that cloud computing could help cut coal emissions , but that is if the data centers that support the cloud are using renewable energy sources. There's an if that really matters. And it's not the only if. Yes, cloud computing can offer up major carbon emissions savings. But that's dependent on how it is used. As Mike pointed out when he questioned the greenness of Apple's iCloud , "Cloud computi...

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