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Server Farms Can be More Sustainable

New research claims server farms can be made more sustainable through a combination of using clean energy, modern equipment and locating data farms in cooler climates. The report -- by Stanford University, Northwestern University and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers – claims these moves could make these facilities
88 percent more sustainable. Using current IT equipment alone, could reduce server farm greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, according to the researchers. Another 8 percent reduction could be possible if these facilities were in cooler locations, requiring less energy. Another significant problem, according to the study, are so-called zombie servers, hardware that stays on and uses energy, but is not being used for computational tasks. The findings were published earlier this summer in the journal Nature Climate Change. (The Guardian)(Nature Climate Change)

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