The company has let the public in on the surprisingly beautiful rooms that power your email and searches—and create huge amounts of emissions that you don’t normally associate with the clean-seeming cloud.
The cloud — that ubiquitous, invisible home to our email, our photos, our Facebook "Likes" — is an energy-sucking behemoth the likes of which Planet Earth has never seen. Last I checked, one Google data center in Oregon was expected to consume as much power as every home in a small city combined. And according to Grist, a full third of that juice isn't even used to make your LOLcats searches go faster: it's simply spent on keeping those endless, Matrix-like server racks cool enough not to melt down. What's an eco-conscious internet business to do?
Yesterday we heard about the Open Compute Project. Facebook's director of hardware design, Frank Frankovsky, tells us about part two of the social network’s plan to spur suppliers to build the products it needs.