Impacts of Data Centres on the Environment: An Assessment

Impacts of Data Centres on the Environment: An Assessment

Tawfeeq Nazir (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/IJGC.2014070101
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In the present era, the concept of virtualization is very common due to the advent of ICT. The data centers are the building blocks of IT business organizations providing the capabilities of centralized repository for storage, management, networking and dissemination of data. Continuous growth and demand in computational power endorsed for the creation of high scale data centers, requires very large amount of electrical power which acquires high operational cost and emission of carbon dioxide. These data centers not only consume a tremendous amount of energy but are riddled with IT inefficiencies and ill effects to the environment. This paper assesses to aggregate different impacts from different data centers, and so on. The future will bring increasing pressure for Data Center managers to use less electricity, buy “greener” equipment and take increased responsibility for the responsible management of e waste Power, Pollution and the Internet (2013).
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Methodologies For Assessment Of Environmental Impact

In seeking to determine the environmental impacts of their products and overall organizations, some organizations develop their own assessment methodologies, while others prefer to wait for external entities to develop, implement, and test methodologies before choosing them as a reference. Table 1 provide an overview of the various tools and methodologies currently available that can be used for environmental impact assessment (The Green Grid, Data Centre…,n,a).

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