Green cloud

September 1, 2011

Following up on the previous posts around how green ‘cloud computing’ is, a piece on the Scientific American web site reveals some support for its green credentials. In “Is There a Silver Lining for the Environment in Cloud Computing?” dated 10 August 2011, the author of the report, that comes to them via Climatewire, expresses the view that while efficiency and consolidation of data centres are beneficial, there is a need for them to employ clean data sources, as reviewed in the blog post Dirty Old Cloud in April 2011, regarding a related report by Greenpeace.

Cloud computing, server and data centre rationalization and the Public Sector Network will all be components of the forthcoming Greening Government ICT Strategy, but, as the article states, these will be of less benefit if nothing changes about the source of the power used in government offices and sites.

Might we see the UK coalition government looking towards green power sources for government data centres and buildings, and requiring the same of outsourced services?