Industry leaders such as Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have been labeled as using “dirty” cloud technology.
That’s the word from a recent report entitled “How Clean Is Your Cloud”, which was released by the conservation group, Greenpeace.
Cloud computing, which is the ability to deliver everything over the Internet from information, to data and even apps, is often accomplished by using what is noted as energy that is “dirty”. “Dirty” energy refers to energy sources that are not considered to be environment-friendly, such as coal, gas or nuclear power.
Using cloud technology means that a user doesn’t need to save information on computer hard drive or in a local network.
The same report praised other industry members such as Yahoo, Google and Facebook for making their own technology greener.
The report grades companies on a number of factors, such as their use of energy as it relates to efficiency, whether it is renewable, the source and whether that energy is transparent. Grades are given for how well a company scores.
According to the grades received, there is a growing separation between companies who are making strides to clean up their energy use and those who aren’t.