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    Gmail, Youtube saves energy by using Cloud Computing

    Most of us know about the Cloud computing. It is secure, simple, keeps you productive and saves you money. But the cloud can also save energy.

    According to a recent report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Verdantix estimates that cloud computing has the potential to reduce global carbon emissions by millions of metric tons. And Jonathan Koomey, a consulting professor at Stanford who has led several studies on data center energy use, has written that for many enterprises, the cloud “is significantly more energy efficient than using in-house data centers.”

    via Google Blog

    Google interesting went ahead and compared the Gmail, Youtube and other services as to how much energy is consumped for the usage in a full year!

    We compared Gmail to the traditional enterprise email solutions it’s replaced for more than 4 million businesses. The results were clear: switching to Gmail can be almost 80 times more energy efficient (PDF) than running in-house email. This is because cloud-based services are typically housed in highly efficient data centers that operate at higher server utilization rates and use hardware and software that’s built specifically for the services they provide—conditions that small businesses are rarely able to create on their own.

    We ran a similar calculation for YouTube and the results are even more striking: the servers needed to play one minute of YouTube consume about 0.0002 kWh of energy. To put that in perspective, it takes about eight seconds for the human body to burn off that same amount. You’d have to watch YouTube for three straight days for our servers to consume the amount of energy required to manufacture, package and ship a single DVD.

    There’s still a lot to learn about the global impacts of cloud computing, but one thing we can say with certainty: bit for bit, email for email, and video for video, it’s more efficient in the cloud

    via Gmail Blog

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    One Comment

    1. Ivin says:

      Hello Nihar. I’ve heard of cloud computing and it seems all the rage these days. IS there an application for me. Can I as a single host user also make it work for me?

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