Study Led by Google Finds That Cloud Computing Has Positive Impact on the Environment

Over at Forbes, Ucilia Wang writes that a Google-funded study finds that centralizing resources in data centers greatly lowers energy consumption and increase overall efficiency.

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have come up with the answer by creating a model for measuring the energy use and carbon footprint of cloud computing. Using the model, the project, funded by GoogleGOOG -0.91%, concludes that moving some of the most common software programs, such as email, spreadsheets and customer relationship management software, to the cloud can in fact save enough electricity each year to power Los Angeles for 12 months. That would amount to cutting the energy use by 87%, or roughly 23 billion kilowatt hours, the report said.

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