Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gmail, YouTube Are More Energy Efficient

Cloud Computing impact is immense and this time Google explained how Gmail and YouTube are more energy efficient than other services.

Cloud computing is a phenomenon of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility over the Internet.

Cloud computing is secure, simple, keeps you productive and saves you money. But the cloud can also save energy.

Google always say that they are committed to make the environment more Greener and this time they shared details how they are different from some other services.

David Jacobowitz, Program Manager, Green Engineering and Operation in a post on their official wrote,

"Switching to Gmail can be almost 80 times more energy efficient (PDF) than running in-house email. This is because cloud-based services are typically housed in highly efficient data centers that operate at higher server utilization rates and use hardware and software that’s built specifically for the services they provide—conditions that small businesses are rarely able to create on their own. "

Google ran similar calculations YouTube and found: the servers needed to play one minute of YouTube consume about 0.0002 kWh of energy. According to reports three straight days of video on YouTube is equal to energy required to manufacture, package and ship a single DVD.


Cloud computing is a natural evolution of the widespread adoption of virtualization, service-oriented architecture, autonomic, and utility computing. The Characteristics of Cloud computing is such that if used efficiently, it can reduce carbon emissions to a great extent. So it also important for us to use energy efficient services to help make our environment Greener.

Also Read | The Big Picture, Google Green

The figures shown by the Google are impressive shows how valuable is to use Cloud Computing.


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