It’s Not Easy Being Green: New Data Centers Improve Efficiency But Bring Challenges

Data centers have the potential to drive significant cost and efficiency savings for businesses worldwide, but also present power and environmental challenges.

The cloud is spread across many different physical data centers around the world, which require large amounts of energy to run.  This creates an energy dilemma: how can the cloud run quickly and efficiently while still being environmentally friendly?

The data center industry is growing due to increasing Internet usage, the digital conversion of many different applications, and corporate requirements for disaster recovery.  Data centers consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electrical energy in 2013, and it is expected to reach 139 billion kilowatt-hours in 2020.  Experts also calculate that data centers use up to 3% of all power generated in the United States, and companies spend more than $26 billion to power servers worldwide.  Evidently, data centers are expensive and power-hungry.

There has been a large move towards environmentally friendly options in the technology industry. Many industry leaders are exploring renewable energy options to power their data centers.

Read more at Forbes.com

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