A good question, Will.  How much energy is required to power huge buildings filled with servers and storage devices, plus air conditioning to keep that equipment cool?  More important, what is the source of that power?

bab 

On Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 6:29 PM, Will Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Seeing this group is interested in conservation, has anyone researched the relative advantages or disadvantages in terms of global warming of maintaining massive server installations (the cloud) as opposed to storing data locally. This seems critical if we want to preserve native species as much as possible.

 

Will Smith

Queensland Herbarium

DSITI

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong Qld 4066, Australia

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