Could Cloud Computing Cut Energy Use?

According to the Colorado based firm Pike Research, the ever increasing move of of businesses storing information on cloud computing systems has lead to a surge in outsourcing data centers, which could help lower energy costs by almost one-third over the next decade.

An analyst from the report says that revenue from data centers will swell to a compound annual growth rate of 29%, and that new investments will continue to spur higher efficiency.

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We’ve certainly seen a good deal of news revolving around data centers this year, including Facebook releasing some specifications about its green data center, seen in the photo above, that’s located in Oregon.

While the new report from Pike Research is encouraging, we’ve seen reports from Greenpeace and a study from Verdantix that suggests online giants have a long way to go to making their operations less harmful to the planet, specifically that power to those data centers should come from renewables like solar or wind.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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