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Every Bit of Data Needs a Bit of Energy – The Data-Driven Environmental Cost

“With the advent of the internet of things, the amount of data being collected around the world is growing exponentially. We are collecting data with a current need in mind, we are collecting for future purposes and we are collecting it just to have it, in case we find a way to use it later,” we wrote in a 2017 article titled: Fishing for Actionable Intelligence in our Rapidly Growing Data Lakes. “Each new data stream feeds into a data lake and data used remains stored, so this lake will grow and grow forever, it seems,” the article continued. Fast-forward to 2019 and we are quickly moving through gigabytes to terabytes, zettabytes, and yottabytes, to keep track of data flows and storage. However, every bit of data requires a bit of energy, and the rapidly increasing levels of data in this smart new era are having an increasingly negative impact on the environment. To make […]

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