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04 Oct 2010 12:10:04

'World's first' carbon-neutral cloud service to launch

'World's first' carbon-neutral cloud service to launch
An Icelandic company is launching what claims to be the world's first carbon-neutral cloud computing service.

Hosting company GreenQloud said that the data storage service will be powered entirely by hydropower and geothermal energy, Techworld reports.

Eirkur Hrafnsson, GreenQloud's chief executive officer, said that the cloud offering is looking to compete with the popular service currently provided by Amazon. It is due to be on offer early next year.

Mr Hrafnsson said that there has already been a lot of interest in the service, which is aimed at both businesses and consumers.

"There's plenty of interest in us. We have multi-terabit links to Denmark, England and Canada so speed of connection is not a problem," he added.

Capgemini recently launched its Merlin Tier 3 data centre, which its claims has the best Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of all comparable facilities worldwide. Merlin has a PUE output of 1.08, which is less than half the industry standard of 2.5 PUE.

The Environment Agency is set to use two modules of the data centre, according to Computing.co.uk. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800096625-ADNFCR

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Cloud_Zone wrote:

04 Oct 2010

This is brilliant. All cloud providers please take note. The more governments work to reduce their carbon footprint, the more they will be looking at business models like cloud computing to make sure they are doing their bit. Bring on the tax breaks for organisations investing in green IT on the cloud front. Boost the broad band infrastructure to increase cloud investment and the business will come your way. Cloud is indeed the future. A green cloud has to be the way forward.

Sven AERTS wrote:

04 Oct 2010

I ve studied the CO2e-CER-certificate potential of the "One Laptop Per Child" education project. I'd like to be in contact with project developers with funding behind them to develop this further. I can imagine the EU putting the ICT sector under the ETS and oblidging them to compensate with CER's from ICT projects. OLPC would be such an ICT CER generating project.

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