(The Hosting News) – Tech giant Google last week held its “How Green is the Internet?” Symposium via its Mountain View headquarters.
The main advice? Get rid of your servers if you want to save energy. That came from Google Senior VP of technical infrastructure Urs Hoelzle, according to a Forbes.com report on Thursday.
Under-utilization of servers and data centers was said to be a main cause of waste.
The event was so big it attracted speakers including Google Chairman Eric Schmit and former U.S. VP Al Gore (Gore also notably servers on Apple’s board of directors).
Meanwhile, it was noted that a shift to more cloud services could reduce the under-utilization of servers.
Eric Masanet, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, noted that there were 4.9 million servers worldwide in sectors including corporate and business.
So how much help could a cloud shift provide? A larger strategy could see that figure (4.9 million) drop down to just 85 thousand.
“The cloud could reduce energy use in data centers by 87 percent,” Masanet stated, according to Forbes.
View Forbe’s entire report here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelkanellos/2013/06/06/google-says-save-energy-ditch-your-data-center/