14 Apr '12, 1pm

How do you measure the environmental impact of the cloud?

How do you measure the environmental impact of the cloud?

How green is the cloud? Reading GreenBiz.com these days, you’d think it was the next big green thing. In recent weeks, for example, we’ve covered companies bringing products to the cloud, research findings on how the cloud is a “game changer” for energy managers, cloud-based tools for designers , even ethical concerns related to cloud computing. As my colleague Matthew Wheeland noted recently : “Everyone is talking about cloud computing as the future of IT, or the future of business, or the future of commerce, or all of the above.” How green is it? Conventional wisdom is that cloud computing — the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, in which computers access shared resources, software, and information, instead of each computer having its own — is a highly eco-efficient medium. In addition to dramatically reducing hardware and software, the cloud maxim...

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