[AusNOG] FW: Going and Promoting Green in ICT

Mark Newton newton at atdot.dotat.org
Tue Apr 24 17:35:15 EST 2012

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 06:29:50AM +0000, Burt Mascareigne wrote:

 > Would it be fair to say, that by pushing everything to cloud,
 > it would contribute to ???Sustainability???.

"Cloud" is marketing jargon for "managed colo in the cheapest
datacentre you can find."

In my experience, clouds are mostly hot air, with varying quantities
of wet stuff :)

In terms of sustainability, it's easier to take advantage of 
economies of scale when you locate lots of stuff in one place
at high density:  It's more energy-efficient to run your 
web server as a virtual host in a 30 kW blade chassis than it
is to run it on a PC in your comms room.

Whether that high-density hosting location is yours, or operated
by a colo provider branding it as a "cloud" probably doesn't 
make a lot of difference.

  - mark

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