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In most cases we advocate cloud-based online backup as a secure and efficient means of storing your protected data. Since cloud storage providers make use of energy-hungry and elaborate co-location data centres, these facilities can have a significant impact on the environment as the demand for cloud storage grows.
Although a lot of focus is placed on greenhouse gas emissions of data centres, their impact on the environment goes beyond that. An article by Green House Data highlighted some of the pollutants that seldom get the attention it deserves:
But fortunately the data centre giants are listening and have started taking steps to prevent further exposure of the environment to hazardous materials and practices. Some of their key claims are mentioned below:
Apple are taking a proactive approach:
They’re addressing the design of their data centres by implementing these measures:
Microsoft suggest that their customers move from using local/on-site data centres to their cloud-based offerings: “Moving to our cloud services can help businesses reduce energy use by 30 to 90 percent per user versus running on-premise services,” which evidenced by this Cloud Computing and Sustainability report.
The sad fact is that 2% of greenhouse gas emissions are now being produced by data centres – this is on par with pollution generated by the aviation industry!
So, as part of your company’s corporate social responsibility, whether you’re developing communications infrastructure in under-developed regions, upgrading an existing data centre, or merely making use of cloud services, being aware of the environment will ensure that your data backups contribute to the betterment of the environment in some small way instead of aiding in its demise.
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