31 Aug '17, 9am

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If you ask people to name a tech company, they'll likely choose from a familiar list: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook. Those companies are indeed technology giants, but they are not the only businesses who rely on vast amounts of data. Banking, for instance, is based on the secure processing and analysis of online transactions. Retail is involved in extensive analysis of online consumer activities for targeted marketing. Media organizations upload thousands of videos every day. The computer systems that store this giant mass of data are housed in large facilities. Together, they are known as data centers. Those computers and infrastructure require a lot of energy. A decade ago, data centers were barely present in projections of international energy use. Today, they account for around three percent of global energy demand. In the U.S., data centers consumed around 70 bi...

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