Did you know?
The data we hold on the “cloud” is actually stored in huge data centers.
These data centres are extremely polluting. They consume huge amounts of electricity 24/7 and require robust A/C systems to keep all these servers at the right temperature without overheating.
In order to face this, Microsoft placed a data center in the Scottish sea in 2018 to determine whether it can save energy by cooling it in the sea.
This underwater data center will be deployed for five years, and includes 12 racks with 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage. That’s enough for about 5 million movies.
The data center is powered by an undersea cable and renewable energy from the Orkney Islands.
This project is expected to see if this could be a viable solution for a new generation of data centers around the world.
In the meantime, there is something you can do to reduce your footprint. Ask yourself: Do I really need all the files I hold on the Cloud?
If you have old files that you don’t need, delete them! It will reduce the storage needed and your footprint 😉 Easy!