The Cloud Factories

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The Cloud Factories: Power, Pollution and the Internet
By James Glanz

Behind the Internet websites we use every day, lays the ugly truth inside their data centers. Mr. Rothschild, Facebook’s engineering chief, faced a massive problem when he noticed that extensive amount of electricity needed to power the computers in the Facebook’s data center was overheating Ethernet sockets and other important components. He had to pull together a team of his employees and look for every fan they can possibly buy in the city. His plan succeeded and with the fans' cool air, he was able to prevent the website from a tragic crash. Data centers consume an incredibly large amount of electricity in what James Glanz described to be a "wasteful manner." The New York Times revealed that the amount of electricity used in the data based is harmful for the environment. Companies run their data bases at full/maximum capacity but they waste 90 percent or more of that electricity just to guard their companies from a power failure. According to the article, "the pollution from data centers has increasingly been cited by the authorities for violating clean air regulations." The United States carries the load of being responsible for one-quarter to one-third of the 30 billon watts that warehouses use worldwide. "This is an industry dirty secret, and no one wants to be the first to say mea culpa." Aside from having horrible data centers that are killing the environment with pollution, these online companies have thousands of "lead-acid batteries." Many of these batteries are similar to automobile batteries. They have these batteries to secure their websites in case of a power failure.…...

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