Green Servers{1}

by Mike Y

The software development life cycle (SDLC) that is known focuses on the software and the system itsself and does not take into account of environmental factors normally associated with SDLC. Huang states that recycling at the end of the SDLC is not enough to negate the environmental impact. He include how IT has helped the environment by making it easier for the public to find out about conservation, reduced usage of traditional media (paper, CDs, etc), and fuel savings from teleconferencing. Huang states one of the reasons systems are not efficient is because of the speed of the technological progress and is more concerned with success than efficiency. An environmentally friendly SDLC should minized the use of energy, consumables (ink, paper), transportation of people and goods, maximize recyclables and renewables, durable and flexible, and transferable to be used by others.

An environmentally friendly SDLC means an environmentally friendly company. It helps with the image the public has of the company. It will also reduce costs in the long run where running it longer equals more savings. Although it is more expensive, higher quality is better because of the durability and will also translate to more savings on maintenance and replacements as time goes on. The software can be constantly upgraded while the hardware does not have to be replaced as frequently.

Google’s data centers need massive amounts of energy on top of which the data centers need more energy to keep them cool. Although it doesn’t apply to only Google’s servers, Google is viewed as progressive and innovative so it would not be unusual to see the company being the leader in new methods, technology, or ideas. According to wired, one company, “Trinity Health is saving $10,000 to $15,000 a year on air-conditioning costs at its main data center” simply by raising the room temperature from mid to high 60s to mid to high 70s. Being green is not only implementing new technology but also running efficiently.

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