Behind the screens of our devices, there is a growing industry that demands huge amounts of energy. To find anything on the internet, data needs to be processed, stored and communicated – which requires millions of physical servers in data centres around the world.
Data centres- information factories running computers 24/7/365 -accounts for between 3% to 5% of all electricity used globally. The internet and cloud services currently produce 1.5x more CO2 than all the airplanes combined.
Because of advances in cloud computing and growth of the use of Internet services, data centres have the fastest growing carbon footprint from across the whole Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
With data volumes expanding exponentially, traditional methods used to curate data – including storage, retrieval and analysis – are not meeting expectations.
Employees spend 19% of their time searching & gathering information, equivalent of 1 day/week. In a recent study, 65.2% of UK employees said their work was negatively affected by the high amount of data they have to process daily.
Worldwide IT Expenditure reaches USD$4 TR and grows by 4% p.a. The main drivers of the increase in IT expenditure are the need to upgrade outdated IT infrastructure, followed by escalating security concerns, and employee growth.
A study by Burton Group found that 42% of IT managers complain that they are bombarded by too much information, 39% can't figure out which information is accurate and 21% don't understand the value of the information they receive.
Lack of oversight & bad practices are main causes of data leaks (increased potential area of attack). Around 89% of data leaks originate from cloud storage.
A collection of articles, thoughts, and digital-sustainability tips from our crew here at Fasade
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