Big Data, Small Footprint?

Big Data, Small Footprint?

While browsing the internet, many people want to know how we are supplied with what seems to be an endless supply of data. Where does all this energy come from? What’s the impact it has on the environment? Well, http://www.bestcomputerscienceschools.net/ has created an infographic entitled “Big Data, Small Footprint?”, explaining all the details of the where, when, and how’s of data, and its impact on the environment.
Here’s a startling fact: 90% of the data in the entire world was created in the past two years. The places that store the data, called data centers, can use an incredible amount of energy-some use as much as a small town, and these data centers don’t stay around long. Any center older than seven years old is considered out of date. These centers are resource gobblers, by taking up land, using large amounts of energy, and cooling by using the energy created by burning fossil fuels.
But these technology giants aren’t unaware of this problem. In fact, many are being proactive in their data center construction. 34% of Google’s data centers now operate on renewable energy, along with $1 billion being invested in renewable energy. Facebook is building new data centers with the capability to run on wind energy alone, old data centers also have shifted to hydroelectric power, and new hardware designs eliminate the use of unnecessary metals and plastics to cut down on solid waste.
These are just a few of the ways big data is helping to decrease its impact on our environment. Feel free to like, share, and comment on this infographic from http://www.bestcomputerscienceschools.net/entitled “Big Data, Small Footprint?”

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Posted Jan 22, 2014
 
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