How can the energy efficiency of cloud computing be further improved?
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EU-EcoCloud

Energy-efficient cloud computing technologies and policies for an eco-friendly cloud market

In the EU-EcoCloud project, the energy consumption and energy efficiency potentials of cloud computing services in the EU are determined.

The digitalization of society and economy is accompanied by a significant increase in the use of cloud computing services. Applications and technologies such as video streaming, social networking, big data or artificial intelligence require significantly increasing capacities in data processing, storage and transmission.

The amount of data transmitted over the Internet is growing by about 30% annually. More and more data centers, some of them very large, are being built. New solutions in the area of industry 4.0 or autonomous driving are expected to significantly increase computing and storage capacities at the edges of the Internet in the future. In this context one speaks of Edge Computing.

  • What impact will these technological developments have on the energy requirements of cloud computing?
  • Which cloud services and devices will need the most energy in the future?
  • How can the energy efficiency of cloud computing be further improved?

The EU-EcoCloud project deals with these questions.

In a moderated stakeholder process, recommendations for action are developed for R&D policy, for public procurement and for minimum requirements and quality labels for energy-efficient cloud computing.

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