ITM 100 Chapter 5: Automakers Become Software Companies

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Information Technology Management
ITM 100
Debapriya Sen

Ravinder Sandhu #50077708 Green Data Centres 1. There are many business and social problems that are caused by data center power consumption. Two major power consumptions are hydroelectric plants or coal-fired power plants. Both of these generate excessive power consumption. Between the two, hydroelectric plants seem to be less impactful on the environment than coal-fired power plants. Coal-fired power plants generate large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Coal-fired power plants are a huge issue concerning global warming claimed by many scientists and politicians. Social implications also have increased power consumption and have been pointed to global warming. 2. In this case study, the reader is introduced to some solution to cut energy consumption, which is a good start. One of the solutions mentioned in this case study was building data centers which take advantage of hydroelectric power generation rather than coal-fired power plants. These building data centers also generate renewable energy projects; alternative energy; more efficient chips; software that could automatically turn a user’s computer off; employee telecommuting. These are some of the solution available to cut power consumption. The most environment-friendly solution that is mentioned in this case study is controlling hardware and software. Controlling a unit’s hardware and software can reduce the problem at its source, and reduces the power requirement by forcing the employee to have access to only servers required to run a c
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