2012 Sep 25
InfoWorld article connecting big data centers to big pollution. Per the article most data centers waste 90% or more of the energy that they consume, and that their big generators are a big source of air pollution in locations such as Silicon Valley. I think that this bolsters the case for community clouds: clouds that are right-sized, right-located, and yield-optimized for a particular geographic community of cloud consumers. Need to look at analogous studies of decentralized or community power plants.
2012 Jul 3
“5. Localization? There is a performance benefit to having data centers located in geographic proximity to where the data will be used. How much does the data need to be distributed to guard against a severe weather event?”