The world's data centers collectively are said to be producing more carbon
emissions than consumers within many countries (Italy, The Netherlands and
Argentina are some of the more headline-grabbing examples that have been
cited of late). "The whole industry must be more efficient" is an all too
common battle cry, in reaction to that. But does that really wash - or is it
just more greenwash?
As the need for computing technology grows, we are seeing more and more
organizations considering building in house data centres, which will lead to
a huge overall increase in carbon emissions. It's madness, really, when the
data they are storing and processing could be residing on someone else's
servers, under an outsourcing agreement. This is all about economies of
scale. After all, a business that has only a single rack, or very few racks,
in its data centre still has to pow... (more)
Today has seen the release of the Greenpeace report: "Make IT Green - Cloud
Computing and its contribution to Climate Change" catch the headlines. The
report basically claims that the rise of cloud computing is increasingly
reliant on the use of dirty fossil fuels and that urgent action needs to be
taken to redress the situation.
According to the report, Greenpeace claims that the energy consumption and
carbon emissions of cloud computing is already significantly higher had been
previously estimated. Using carbon emission projection data provided by
McKinsey (included within the... (more)
We have now reached that time of year when the great and the good partake in
the festive tradition of crystal ball gazing, as they predict the IT
industry’s future trends for the next twelve months.
Over the next three weeks or so we will be deluged with various top tens, who
will move, who will shake, who’ll hit tech heaven with the next iPad and
who will reach tech hell with the next Sega Dreamcast.
It was about this time last year that seemingly every list published featured
cloud computing as the number one game changer, the one trend that would have
the greatest impact on th... (more)
Is the cloud inherently insecure? Should we be yearning for the Good Old
Hackers and outages have certainly made sure it has rained on the cloud
parade in recent months. Repeated attacks on Sony’s Playstation network
have rekindled the debate about the security of the cloud as have cloud
failures at Amazon, Google and Microsoft.So, has the padlock come off? Is the
cloud inherently insecure? Should we go back to the old days?
The answer is no, no and no.
The Cloud approach continues to offer a unique opportunity to business.
Managing and maintaining complex hosting environm... (more)
It was former Presidential Candidate and founder of Electronic Data Systems
(EDS) Ross Perot who famously said “The activist is not the man who says
the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.”
A quote which may strike resonance with the world’s politicians as they
continue to wrestle with the major challenge of setting a global green agenda
whilst battling tough economic conditions.
President Obama’s second term inaugural speech certainly won plaudits for
his determination to tackle climate change, his powerful statements
deliberately pitched to be emoti... (more)