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Is Cloud Computing a Green Industry?

The future of the green cloud may, in fact, be determined by our action or inaction on seemingly unrelated battles like Cap & Trade, says government cloud computing advisor, Kevin Jackson.

Kevin Jackson recently reported to the National Reconnaissance Office and Central Intelligence Agency on the environmental qualities of cloud computing. “The topic of my presentation, ‘Is Cloud Computing Green?’, explored the commonly held belief that the coming shift to the cloud will simultaneously reduce the carbon emmisions footprint currently attributed to the Information, Technology and Communications sector. Logic argues that increased data center efficiency would reduce the need for new data centers. In the end, my conclusion was that the answer to weather cloud computing is green is still being written. …”


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