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.
Reporter Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai Bureau Chief of Marketplace. He’s the guy who debunked a large portion of Mike Daisey’s accounts from China about Apple’s Foxconn factories. Now, he’s... Read Post
There may be no place else to put all this "big data" except the cloud, if the sheer breadth of data continues to expand at the current rate. The demand for storage outside the data center may soon eclipse demand for storage inside ... Read Post