"…while its financial benefits have been widely discussed, the shift in energy usage in a cloud computing model has received little attention."
The post-2008 global recession didn’t significantly slow global data center construction. What happens when robust economic growth returns?
The rise of new Web-based services, feature-laden smart-phones and tablets, aps and video-everywhere, all end up visible in the rise in demand for data centers.
China is likely to emerge as world’s best cloud computing infrastructure… [the] Chinese government has cited cloud computing as a Strategic Emerging Industry.
EnergyFactsWeekly — The Cloud Begins With Coal
Facebook’s new 300,000 square-foot data center, now operating in Forest City, North Carolina, took 16 months and 1.2 million labor-hours of construction, and …. This Facebook facility will require electricity from about one million tons of coal over the next decade
EnergyFactsWeekly — The Cloud Begins With Coal We know three things about transistors: They have already changed the world: Silicon technology progress is not over, and vast domains of untapped social and economic opportunity remain: Every single transistor consumes electricity. And we know two other related facts: The energy cost of computation has collapsed, but the overall amount of…