Jan11

Crush data center carbon emissions with virtual dedicated servers

In our last blog post we highlighted that some data centers are now exceeding 1 million square feet in size. These centers draw massive power and consequently contribute to elevated carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

Some estimates reveal that there are now 15 million servers deployed by IT departments worldwide with more to come.

The carbon footprint generated by these data centers equals the emissions ejected by the airline industry and it’s getting worse.

To put this issue in perspective and how cloud may come to the rescue, consider the Akamai business model and what it does:

If you use the Internet for anything – to download music or software, check the headlines, and book a flight – you’ve probably used Akamai’s services without even knowing it. Today Akamai handles tens of billions of daily Web interactions for companies like Audi, NBC, and Fujitsu, and organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense and NASDAQ — powering brand new business models that serve the changing online economy.


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Quite simply if Akamai customers like Audi or NBC had to leave Akamai and build their own infrastructure it would require something like 500,000 extra servers. However by consuming Akamai cloud this scope is limited to 40,000 servers.

Likewise, by leveraging Virtual Internet’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) for content and digital media delivery you are consuming an efficient cloud service rather an increasing the world carbon footprint by building out your own network.

Cloud computing promises to minimize the unfolding event of increased emissions by allowing shared infrastructure “on demand” via the Internet.

Now large corporations do not have to build bloated on-premise data centers to accommodate their spiraling growth and manage their increased complexity.

Instead, they can piggybank on a world-class hosting provider who has already invested the resources in enterprise Xen / VMware cloud virtual dedicated servers and/or colocation data centers.

It is becoming increasingly apparent as we head for 2015 that IT data centers may well be one of the biggest contributors — perhaps up to 80% — of the growing carbon footprint.

Of course, anytime you decide to download music off Rhapsody instead of driving your car down to the Virgin Record store this does act as a counterweight to data center emissions. But this is not enough.

IT departments can make a huge dent in global emissions by offshoring their applications, platforms and infrastructure to hosting providers who offer both private and public virtual dedicated servers.

This strategy could be a game changer offering these specific and immediate benefits:

  • Capacity on demand
  • Higher performance
  • Lower cost because infrastructure is shared

The decision to offshore your data center to a hosting provider either via a cloud or colocation model must only be made if the host can provide round the clock support. For instance, if you decided to consume a Virtual Internet private or public cloud you can expect FREE 24/7 VI-tal support, which never sleeps. This feature should be non-negotiable in any web host you select.

If you would like to find out more how cloud computing can help reduce your carbon footprint and maximize green IT please contact us here.

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