Design writer Michelle Taute just posted a link to a New York Times article about the massive amount of power that server farms use. The Internet may seem green because it’s paperless, but it’s consuming more and more electricity as it expands.
Data centers worldwide now consume more energy annually than Sweden.
And the amount of energy required is growing, says Jonathan Koomey, a
scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 2000 to 2005,
the aggregate electricity use by data centers doubled. The cloud, he
calculates, consumes 1 to 2 percent of the world’s electricity.
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