Exchange Servers are increasingly being added to the electric grid and increasing the world’s energy consumption, carbon emissions and stream wastes. A recent report stated that “U.S. server electricity consumption has doubled in the past five years and now equals that of color TV’s. SAS70 audits review logical and network related controls for servers, but they don’t consider the energy consumption or quality of company environmental efforts.
All kinds of new energy saving ideas are being developed, including air-compressed backup generators. Greenpeace has developed a “Guide to Greener Electronics.” The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV’s and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals and recycling.
I think that this is great, but is it sustainable considering our populations demand for service NOW!? In an electronic age, where I can practically order anything, see any tv show, or buy any music at the touch of a button on my i-Phone, can we expect businesses to choose green over a quick dollar? As datacenter demand grows and the need for servers bandwidth is required – will you stop and say “No, I want my children to enjoy clean air, and clean water.” Or will you push forward with a browner (less green) alternative computing solution? Should SAS70 audits evaluate environmental and energy efforts? firstname.lastname@example.org