Due to a huge and rapid advance in computing, blade servers and high speed switching, data centre power consumption has soared.
Overall, in the US, computer use has been estimated to consume 9.4% of total electricity, with the bulk of consumption coming from PCs and monitors, and substantial additional portions from data centers and networking equipment.
Such facts seemingly make the personal act of recycling a mere cola can pointless, surely? Or can we apply our newly-acquired/enforced personal habits on a broader level?
Why not? It's common sense after all. A few simple steps are not only good for the planet, but when you think about it, it seems illogical not to act.
Take, for instance, the issue of switching off.
Simply stated, keeping data systems lit up 24/7 is unnecessary.
Aside from the green factor, money is needlessly spent on wasted electricity. Many PCs and servers are left switched on, even when they are not in use.
An average PC switched on for 24 hours per day, 220 days per year will be responsible for up to a tonne of CO2 over a 3 year period and cost £53 per year in electricity.
This can be changed, literally, at the flick of a switch.