You've heard about the Foxconn factory in China where your iPad is assembled. But have you ever considered the energy required to store your emails, photos, and videos in the cloud? As worldwide demand for data storage skyrockets, so do the power needs of the servers where all our digital archives live. While some companies (like Facebook) have made great progress in ditching dirty fossil-fuel energy for cleaner renewables, a few internet giants lag far behind.
Apple's stock price fell 2.8 percent after investors worried that a hiring freeze at Foxconn's China plants is related to lack of demand for the iPhone 5. Foxconn suspended recruitment at its factories in Zhengzhou and Shenzhen and ... Read Post
The data center is the new factory of the digital age. And like any factory, it poses a paradox. A data center pollutes but it also powers the servers that we use to connect. People use the cloud for apps, for computing, storage and... Read Post