How Green Is Your Computer?

By Hannah Wakeman

28 June 2011


There is a lot of talk about Cloud Computing in the news, but did you know that ‘the Cloud’ is actually better for the environment? That Clouds are in fact Green?

Cloud Computing has actually been around since the late 1990’s when software became available on-line. It became much wider spread in 2006 with the launch of Google doc’s, which allows you to share documents and calendars over the internet.

Many people are now opting for Cloud Computing due to its flexibility and sense of security, but most people fail to realise the Green savings of Cloud Computing.

Traditionally, Computers store their memory and save your documents on a server, which, in a typical office of 10 PC’s consumes on average 215 kWh per working week.

Cloud Computing connects to a ‘thin client’ (pictured) which contains no software and no disc drive. Instead it simply connects to the internet and can be accessed remotely.

Thin clients, for the same office would consume on average 133 kWh per working week.

The difference is almost 80 kWh per week, which equates to a saving of approximately £500 per year.

Cloud computing is without doubt the future of technology: It has enormous benefits for business, but more importantly it will have a huge impact on our environment. The energy saving experiment was based on just one server. Imagine the impact when larger offices convert to the Cloud. We’re really hoping that Bristol will become a leader of Greener Computing in the UK.

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