The green buzz is being exploited all over the web and abroad lately. What does it mean to be green exactly?
ok thats not what I meant, but kermit would be proud nonetheless. It means having little or no impact on your environment in short. Consider the materials needed for all the computing and server parts to the ridiculous sums of energy needed to run server farms 24/7. To be quite honest datacenters and server farms are one of the worst things to hit the environment in the modern decade.
Take a look at your homes electric bill and consider how cool it needs to be so your tv doesnt burn out if left on all day and night for years straight. The tv itself is chewing up energy and the a/c is working overtime to cool that system, fans and other systems are working nonstop to remove the heat. Now imagine your one pc in your home office has to remain online all day and night. Now imagine you have one thousand offices in your home, besides declaring bankrupcty since you cant afford the power, how is that remotely close to being friendly to mother nature.
We can and do look at ways to reduce our impact but our electric bill alone tells us when it comes to being green, datacenters have a long way to go. Some ways we try to reduce our impact are recycling hot water from coolers to use as heating for offices, using raised flooring and channels to remove heat and apply cooling better, reducing old ineffecient servers by using more virtualization and newer more efficient processors. The main drive for this happens to be profit margins though, not just being green.
Don’t let corporate spin masters make you think giant datacenters are helping mother nature. The fact is its good for business and thats why its being done. Consider that one cabinet of 25 servers in the sub $200 market, drawing 30amps of power 24/7 is now replacable by one monster vps node. Granted our monster vps nodes pack a lot of power under the hood and easily consume the power of 3 of those servers alone. 25 to 3 is a pretty significant power and cost savings.
So buy more vps hosting , mother nature will thank you for it. Ok probably not but we will, and it really does make a difference compared to the old standard of dedicated servers. Quite frankly the need for dedicated servers under $200 mo is dimenishing quickly thanks to virtualization technologies like Virtuozzo, openvz, xen, Vscontrol.