An interesting post on the potential energy savings potential inherent in cloud computing. That said, I find it interesting to consider whether saving energy costs, in the midst of the ongoing data center expansion, will just accelerate that very expansion.
“The issue of surging worldwide IT-related energy consumption is both a bottom-line concern to the companies involved and, increasingly, an environmental worry. Energy consumption from data centers doubled between 2000 and 2005–from 0.5 percent to 1 percent of world total electricity consumption. That figure, which currently stands at around 1.5 percent, is expected to rise further. According to a study published in 2008 by the Uptime Institute, a datacenter [sic] consultancy based in Santa Fe, NM, it could quadruple by 2020.
“Having energy consumption go from one to three percent in five to ten years, if that goes on, we are in big trouble,” says Kenneth Brill, Uptime Institute executive director. Unless this growth is checked, greenhouse gas emissions will rise, and “the profitability of corporations will deteriorate dramatically,” he adds. companies hope to offer a solution by focusing on energy efficiency within massive data centers.
Cloud-computing companies hope to offer a solution by focusing on energy efficiency within massive data centers.”