Cloud Computing: Green or Not?{1}

by Joshua L
The article I chose was a study of whether cloud computing is actually more energy efficient/green than traditional computing practices where each user performs all computing on their own personal computer. The articles went into detail about the circumstances for which cloud computing can be much more efficient than conventional computing because of vast energy savings in transport due to inactivity and low screen refresh rates, but it also considered how cloud computing can actually consume more energy in transport than conventional computing due to high screen refresh rates. The conclusion of the article made it clear that “… the energy consumption of cloud computing needs to be considered as an integrated supply chain logistics problem, in which processing, storage, and transport are all considered together.”

I believe this is a serious issue to consider because our world is already in an energy crisis and trying to conserve as much energy as possible. Increasing energy efficiency is very important these days and it should be the primary concern in any area of the manufacturing of energy consuming products. I think this article really succeeds at opening the eyes of computer users to one of the main problems associated with the digitalization of data. More importantly, the storage and transport of that data.

This article is relevant to our class because many companies are moving towards the use of cloud services and as future employees of these companies we need to consider energy consumption in all of our computing tasks to ensure the well being of our planet. We are in a pretty big energy crisis already and if many companies shift toward cloud computing it could ultimately make things worse if we are not cautious and fail to make cloud computing more efficient all around. Being as green as we can makes a difference.

“Green Cloud Computing:Balancing Energy in Processing,Storage, and Transport” 149 – 167 .IEEE Explore. CSUPomona Library, Pomona, CA. 1 Apr. 2012.