Is cloud servers Vietnam really better for the environment (part 1)

January 20, 2017

In theory, cloud servers Vietnam is environmentally friendly because it uses fewer resources and less energy.

One hosting provider in the UK told me that his enterprise has embraced cloud systems because it means they can handle more customers on much fewer physical servers, with big savings in maintenance, equipment and energy costs. In theory, cloud computing should be a good choice for the environment; but actually, it is not so simple.


Ironically, given the way we have defined cloud computing, it matters where your cloud servers are located and how they are powered. If they are in data centers (DC) powered by coal, instead of cleaner fuels such as natural gas or renewable energy, the overall environmental impact could be worse than your current installation. There has been a lot of debate about the energy use of huge DCs, partly thanks to Greenpeace highlighting the issue. In its 2011 report How Dirty is Your DC: A Look at the Energy Choices that Power Cloud Computing, Greenpeace ranked cloud computing providers like Akamai and Amazon on eco-friendliness, alongside companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter whose services are underpinned by a massive global network of DCs. In the US in particular, quite a few cheap cloud servers Vietnam providers explicitly state whether their servers are powered by conventional or green energy, and it is easy to find carbon-neutral service providers if that is a necessary factor for your business and its CSR objectives.


When it comes to overall impact on the planet, there is another issue to consider. If cloud services simply move things you would do in your own office or home to the cloud, that is one thing; the environmental impact merely transfers elsewhere. But lots of cloud- and Internet-based services are encouraging us to use more computers and gadgets like iPads and iPhones for longer, spending more time online, and doing more things that we did not previously do at all. In that sense, cloud computing is helping to increase global energy use and greenhouse gas emission. That was evident from a 2012 study by DC Dynamics (DCD) Intelligence, the British Computer Society, and partners, which showed that global energy use from DCs grew from 12 gigawatts (GW) in 2007 to 24GW in 2011 and predicted it would reach 43GW sometimes in 2013.

However, a follow-up study revealed a significant slowing down of the rate of growth in cloud power consumption, from 19 % in 2011/2 to around 7 % in 2013. Growing concerns about the impact of cloud computing have also prompted imaginative new solutions.


For example, in 2013, researchers at Trinity College Dublin and IBM announced they would found a method to decrease cloud emissions by over 20 % by using smart load balancing algorithms to spread out data processing between different DCs. Even so, with cloud computing predicted to become a $5 trillion business by 2020, power consumption seems certain to go on increasing.

As a result, the global environment, the bottom line trend — ever-increasing energy consumption—is the one that matters. It is no good congratulating yourself on switching to diet Cola if you are drinking 4 times more of it than you used to. In 2016, Peter Judge of DCD summed things up pithily: “No one talks much about total energy used by DCs because the figures you get for that are annoying, depressing and frustrating…. The truth is: DC power is out of control.”

From Google searches to Facebook updates and super-convenient Hotmail, most of us value the benefits of cloud servers VPS Vietnam so highly, so the energy consumption of DCs is bound to increase—and ensuring those big servers are fueled by green energy will become important in the years to come.