News : Saving the servers on the Seacoast

Mar 25, 2013

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Heikki Perry

While the e-mails and data you store online may seem to reside in the ether somewhere — out of sight, out of mind — they actually require energy to power the servers and networks that house them all.

Data equals energy. And lots of data equals lots of energy.

"Only store what is really necessary," said Brian Yurick, proprietor of Home Town Technology Consultants in Kittery, Maine. "A large problem is that the effect we have on energy usage with the "Cloud" and data is that it is essentially invisible to us. The average person really doesn't have a way to measure his footprint from the e-mails he sends or the amount of time he spends surfing the Web and chatting online."

Cloud technology allows clients to store information on remote servers. Moving to the Cloud can help a business better organize its information, and help it save money on energy by reducing its dependence on on-site servers, which can be a waste of both physical resources and energy: running the servers, paying for air conditioning to cool an office with multiple servers, etc.

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