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Data Centers To Surpass Airlines As Polluters

Orlando (FL) - According to a study by McKinsey & Co., data centers will surpass airlines as greenhouse gas polluters by 2020. The study concludes that data center pollution will rise four-fold because of inefficiencies with servers.

The study was sponsored by the Uptime Institute. Will Forrest, the author of paper, claims computer servers generally only use six percent of their capacity while data centers as a whole only use 56% of their peak performance.

Read more ... New York Times.

  • The study must have more detail than saying servers generally only use 6% of their capacity. In computer terms, is that disk space storage, processing power, electricity consumption - what? The study fails to account for the fact that data centers must have enough capacity to sustain high-load times and enough capacity for expansion... cost-effectiveness is also measured by how many times you have to 'upgrade' which is very expensive in a data center. Argh, these kinds of poorly reported studies are so darn frustrating. The media ought to know better, but they don't.
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  • MadHacker
    The greenhouse gas pollution is only created by the way the power is generated. if all the power was generated by wind power to run a data center... would it still be greenhouse gas polluter?
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  • jalek
    Unused computer cycles are now to blame for climate change.

    Wut?
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  • jalek
    Unused computer cycles are now to blame for climate change.

    Wut?
    Reply