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Green Grow The Data

Sep. 2011

Most people could be excused for knowing little about where their information and data comes from when they surf
the internet, download music and videos or engage in those addictive, multiplayer online games.
A generation is growing up with an insatiable thirst for escapades captured on YouTube, streamed sports highlights
and personal photo libraries, accessed first on 'traditional' desktop PCs but more and more on smart mobile devices,
such as the iPhone.

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But behind the touchscreens is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet: the data centre, where millions of servers and countless disks process and store the services that we take for granted and for which most of us pay for only indirectly, if at all. Without thousands of data centres dotted round the globe, the modern consumer economy would almost certainly collapse.
No less important is the corporate data centre. Nearly all large organisations, from government departments to process manufacturers to high-frequency financial traders, have a 'mission critical' need for always-available, large-scale data processing and huge amounts of online storage. In truth, there has long been a need for such facilities but the sheer volume and scale of information and communications technology (ICT) today has raised
important questions about the energy and other resources they consume…
ICT holds key to energy challenge
Our technology-rich lives depend on energy-hungry data centres to sustain them. But as the industry has realised, it's time to curb that appetite
Why it's cool to be green in IT
Sophie Curtis explains why Greenpeace's criticism of Facebook's data centre is good for the ICT industry
A new green tax?
The regulations governing green IT in the UK have become a bit of a moving target. Tom Jowitt tries to end the confusion
Losing power
Data centres use − and lose − a lot of energy. Peter Judge explores where savings can be made
Smarter ICT
It should be remembered that overall, ICT and data centres are proving to be vital energy saving technologies for other industries such as transport, construction, power generation and distribution, as these highlights from the influential Smart 2020 report shows
Boost your memory power
By introducing the new generation of DRAM technologies, businesses can reduce the energy consumed by their data centres and still meet the demands of virtualisation
Take the green test
A new certification process for data centres can help companies to identify savings in both energy and money and reduce their carbon footprint
Storing up problems
Bryan Betts looks at how we can make more efficient use of the growing data mountain
The green case for outsourcing
With data centre operators vying for the best energy ratings, it makes sense to look at outsourcing IT operations, writes Graham Jarvis
A checklist for change
The facts and figures you need before setting up and running a greener data centre, or shifting your business to established energy-efficient operators