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How green is your cloud?: The energy we consume by staying connected

By Shane Huntington

Telecommunications expert Dr Kerry Hinton explains how the growth in consumer and business cloud computing, and the mobile and wireless technologies that support it, is driving massive increases in power consumption.

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I’m Dr Shane Huntington. Thanks for joining us. Not many of us give a lot of thought to the energy needed to power our digitally connected lives. While some of us are vigilant about turning off our computers and other electronic devices when they're not in use, our increasing need to stay online, to stay connected and available, means we're less and less likely to power down, and that has implications for power generation, energy policy and the environment. The enormous growth in our use of Cloud services, as well as our use of mobile and wireless technologies to access these services any time anywhere translates into surprisingly huge levels of energy consumption. While researchers are working to steer power generation and consumption technologies along greener paths, what's the real impact of the exploding use of Cloud computing, especially over power-hungry mobile and wireless platforms? Today on Up Close, we investigate these questions with telecommunications expert, Dr Kerry Hinton. Dr Hinton is Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University...

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