The Cloud with a dark lining

Cloud computing has taken the computing industry by storm, with Amazon, Google, DropBox, Microsoft and Apple all coming out with their own services. Most of them offer storage for free; resulting in millions signing up for their services.

Millions of users mean petabytes of Data which is required to be stored. Since this data needs to be available at all times, the data centers need to be operational 24/7,  requiring millions of kilowatts of energy per year. While a few companies such as Google are looking to source an increasing amount of their energy from renewable sources, most companies including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft use predominantly coal and nuclear power to keep costs low.

So cloud computing might help you access your data anywhere and on the go, but comes with a darker side to it which needs addressing.

Click here to read a recent report released by Greenpeace on the effects of Cloud Computing.