Greenpeace was wrong: The cloud is good for the environment

Cloud computing efficiency helps data centers reduce energy consumption across the United States, according to the new U.S. Data Center Energy Usage Report. The long and the short of it is data centers’ electricity usage increased by only 4 percent from 2010 to 2014. This is a substantial improvement over the 24 percent uptick from 2005 to 2010, and a 90 percent jump from 2000 to 2005.

The report notes that data center energy usage should remain constant through 2020 (thanks to the cloud’s influence), which is the best news out of this study. More important, it’s a significant, fact-based repudiation of the alarmism we saw a year ago about the environmental consequences from the growth of the cloud.

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