What business and social problems does data center power consumption cause?

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1. What business and social problems does data center power consumption cause?
Data center power consumption economically affects businesses and environmentally affects society. Operating costs for data centers is very expensive. In the article, "Ubiquitous Green Computing Techniques for High Demand Applications in Smart Environments," the total operating costs, concerning electricity, of all data centers within the U.S. alone exceeded 7 billion dollars in 2010 (Ayala, J., Moya, J., Risco-Martín, J., Sanchez, C., Zapater, M. 2012). The article then explains that data centers consumed 61 billion kilowatt-hours in 2006;the Environmental Protection Agency provided this statistic to the US Congress in a report from 2007 (Ayala, J., Moya,
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A case study was performed using the PDLA which resulted in a 15% improvement in system efficiency, inpower consumption and inoperational costs. Additionally, it also resulted in 100% improvement of energy which "estimates the energy consumption efficiency of a system” (Callou, Ferreira, Maciel. 2013). This translates to a substantial sustainable impact improvement by efficiently tweaking electrical input to devices within the IT infrastructure.
System architects are increasingly required to report on and optimize the environmental impact of their designs (Change et al, 2012). With that in mind, perhaps designers should take into consideration the location and natural power resources available to them such as hydro, solar and wind. Using sustainable resources cuts down the carbon footprint required to drive data centers. Doing this along with other green friendly technologies could prove beneficial in the long term. The key challenge of a mixed power management solution is to determine how long the electric current resource can power the data center (Nguyen et al, 2012). There are drawbacks to using sustainable energy because of environmental factorssuch as: inclement weather, a decrease in wind, or poorly located hydro powered facilities. 3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing employees to use their personal smart phones for work?
Some of the advantages of allowing employees to use their personal smart phones
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