Green Technology

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Predicts Four Green Tech Developments in 2017

Grazed from WinBuzzer. Author: Sead Fadilpasic.

The predictions are courtesy of Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft. He believes that the energy sector will be a primary benefactor of green tech, relying more and more on renewable sources. According to Bernard, the world will continue the struggle with water shortages in 2017, raising awareness on the issue. Furthermore, we will increasingly use data to make sense of natural developments while leveraging cloud-based technologies in the process.

IoT and Cloud Computing will begin to transform utility energy management

Bernard first prediction is about energy management. He states that the existing infrastructures will need to cope with the increasing amount of energy produced. As a result, IoT and cloud computing will be in the forefront, helping manage energy collection and distribution. “2017 will see an increased investment by utilities in technology to leverage data, through IoT solutions and cloud computing, to make energy management more predictable, flexible and efficient.”...

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Going Green With Big Data And The Cloud

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Jennifer Klostermann.

Amazon has just launched its fourth renewable energy program, increasing its data centers’ use of green power thanks to a new wind farm to be built in rural Paulding County, Ohio. Starting in May 2017, this green plant will generate 320,000-megawatt hours of electricity yearly, specifically to provide power to Amazon’s cloud data centers. But investment in green technology isn’t the only way IT giants are promoting a greener world – the Cloud and Big Data are making their own meaningful impact.

Cloud as a Green Solution

1) Pay for Use: Cloud infrastructure is typically pay-as-you-go, encouraging users to consume only what they need and turn off resources not in operation. This encourages both energy and resource efficiency as users only consume what they need...

Cloud Computing: Can Silicon Valley sell big business on climate action?

Grazed from GreenBiz. Author: Lauren Hepler.

In February, Apple announced a massive $848 million solar deal as part of pursuit to power its operations with 100 percent renewable energy. Google, Facebook and Salesforce have all made their own 100 percent renewable energy commitments. Even notorious sustainability laggard Amazon is taking action on its goal of powering its hulking cloud computing division with clean energy.

The question now: if and how the tech industry's highly visible — and once seemingly far-fetched — clean energy goals might make a bigger imprint on other industries during a crucial year for climate politics. “At least 11 big IT companies have committed to 100 percent renewables," said Ryan Schuchard, associate director of climate change for nonprofit sustainability membership group BSR. "(Tech) has one of the best levers of any sector to move on renewables."...

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Can Cloud Computing Save the Planet?

Grazed from SysConMedia.  Author: Ian Khan.

Creating global change that is actually good for the entire world is a mammoth task. A population of almost 7 billion as of 2015 is taking its toll on the planet, as it  survives the brunt of keeping the works going. What role can cloud computing play in making it easier for all of us?  Did you know that:

  • There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years.
  • In total, the U.S. emits approximately 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. Forty-percent of that comes from power plant emissions alone.
  • Every day 70 million tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere...

Cloud Computing: Bigger Really Is Better When It Comes to Green IT

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Aurthur Cole.

I’ve pointed out many times over the years that everyone has their own perception of green. To a coal plant operator, a 20 percent reduction in emissions is cause for celebration, while the environmentalist still frets over the 80 percent still coming out of the stack.

So it is understandable that the data center industry – arguably the top energy consumer on the planet – is both the hero and the villain when it comes to greening up the world’s digital infrastructure. And in time-honored tradition, the biggest targets are always first on the hit list, which in this case would be the hyperscale providers like Google, Facebook and Amazon...

Cloud Computing: The Myth Of The Green Datacenter

Grazed from EnterpriseTech.  Author: George Leopold.

Here’s the reality when it comes to datacenter energy consumption: If the cloud industry were a country, according to a recent study, it would be the fifth largest energy consumer in the world.

The survey of datacenter energy consumption has a definite slant: It was funded by the National Mining Association and something called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy. Still, the reality in the U.S. and emerging markets like China is that most of the electricity the industry consumes is produced in coal-fired plants. Moreover, energy consumption at datacenters will only increase as more users with more wireless devices tap into cloud services...

As Apple, Google, And Facebook Go Green, Report Says Amazon Still Uses Dirty Energy

Grazed from ThinkProgress. Author: Lauren C. Williams.

Greenpeace’s latest energy report called out Amazon as being one of the worst dirty energy transgressors. But the report also praises Apple for completely switching to renewable energy, showing that public pressure and greater transparency can turn former energy offenders into most improved.

The organization ranked tech industry giants such as Twitter, eBay, Apple, Google, and Facebook based on how clean their energy sources are. Apple came out on top because it only uses renewable energy for its iCloud and iTunes services. However, Greenpeace flunked Amazon and Twitter, penalizing them for not being transparent about their energy sources...

SAP to power its cloud computing infrastructure from 100% renewable energy

Grazed from Enterprise Irregulars. Author: Tom Raftery.

Cloud computing is often incorrectly touted as being a green, more environmentally-friendly, computing option. This confusion occurs because people forget that while cloud computing may be more energy efficient (may be), the environmental friendliness is determined by how much carbon is produced in the generation of that energy. If a data centre is primarily powered by coal, it doesn’t matter how energy efficient it it, it will never be green.

We have mentioned that very often here on GreenMonk, as well as regularly bringing it up with cloud providers when talking to them. One such cloud provider is SAP. Like most other cloud vendors, they’re constantly increasing their portfolio of cloud products. This has presented them with some challenges when they have to consider their carbon footprint. In its recently released 2013 Annual Report SAP admits:..

Green Cloud Computing: A Case for Consumption?

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

Much has been made recently about "green" clouds. Along with server agility and data portability, many providers sell public clouds as environmentally friendly. On the surface, green cloud computing makes sense: If data moves from redundant local stacks to a single superserver, especially one shared with other midsize companies, one might expect the natural result to be lower energy consumption and a greener outlook. This is not always the case. Conservation is the current buzzword, but intelligent consumption may provide greater benefits over the long term.

Measure Twice, Scale Once

As discussed by a March 16 Forbes article, several large companies such as Facebook and eBay have provided the code they use to track power and water consumption in their data centers. eBay published its code last year whereas Facebook just went public as part of the Open Compute Project. The social giant split the code into pieces: A user interface component and a back-end data aggregator that can be made to work together or separately depending on business needs...

Cloud Computing Is Greener Than You Think

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Daniel Price.

Last week we touched upon how a project in Finland had blended two of the world’s most important industries, cloud computing and green technology, to produce a data centre that used nearby sea water to both cool their servers and heat local homes. Despite such positive environmental projects, there is little doubt that large cloud data centres and social networking sites consume vast amounts of electrical power.

A recent Greenpeace report claims the Apple data centre in North Carolina uses more power than 250,000 European homes combined. Estimates now predict that cloud computing is responsible for as much as 2 percent of the world’s electricity use. Clearly, therefore, the data world uses extraordinary amounts of energy – but is it really all bad news?...