Data centers still waste energy — or do they?

A news investigation punches a hole in boasts that data centres are energy efficient. But, argues an analyst, enterprises — not ‘Internet’ data centres, are the villains

 If you read our report on IBM Canada’s new Barrie, Ont., data centre, you’ll know one of the important features is that it’s a so-called “green” data centre. But over the weekend a controversy errupted over whether data centres are really saving much energy.
This article from Saturday’s New York Times argues most U.S. data centres still waste energy. After a year-long examination of public records, the newspaper concludes that far from the image of energy efficience, data centres in general run round the clock whatever the demand and therefore waste much of the electricity they pull in.
 
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