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    What is Green hosting and computer

    What is Green hosting and computer?

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    green hosting is using methods such as renewable energy and less powerful servers. any practice that can lessen the damage hosting does to the environment.

    i'm starting to think that websites don't have to be up all of the time, therefore helping the environment. they could be like shops - open for a certain number of hours each day. i don't know if this would actually work - it's just a theory. would people accept that or do they want it 24/7.

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    The idea behind green hosting is a simple one. They promise that their company in a whole (counting the servers they are hosting on) do not negatively impact the environment. Green Web Hosting has become a major consideration over the last couple of years, and due to the already massive and still increasing global energy demands of the IT industry, green energy web hosting is here to stay.

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    The whole point to a site is having is open 24/7 which allows company to operate on a global scale.

    As far as hosting the actual site goes, people can choose a VPS provider that is hosted on an energy efficient server. This allows them to only subscribe for the resources they currently need and not waste energy on resources they 'may' need in the future. In terms of hardware, they should choose a provider that is using some of the latest technology as the power to energy ratio always seems to be increasing and that is always a better way to preserve the energy - using it more efficiently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dedicatedone View Post
    The whole point to a site is having is open 24/7 which allows company to operate on a global scale.
    Yes, you're right. But what if it comes down to a choice between the environment and 24/7 uptime. Although I doubt it will come to this, we may not have a choice.

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    green hosting with using minimum power, eco material for any component but not cut their features

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    As google said few years ago, their are using green hosting too...
    But truth is that they are using lake water where fishes are diyng

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    As I understand, some hosting companies called themselves "Green" because they bought "renewable energy credits" from companies generating green electricity i.e. windmills. Electricity generated is released to the general electricity grid. What the hosting companies did was they access their overall electricity consumption and then bought the equivalent or more credits. So indirectly, they are supporting renewable energy.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Sabrina__Gage View Post
    What is Green hosting and computer?
    This is Green Hosting


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    I understand how going with a Virtual Server would be considered Green but aren't you sacrificing a lot of performance in the process?

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    In the most cases that is connected to the power supply... But in general that is being used as marketing label only

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabrina__Gage View Post
    What is Green hosting and computer?
    There is no such thing as "Green hosting" or computers.

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    As cyberdigi said many hosts purchase renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to become green, although carbon neutral would be more accurate. By doing this the host must calculate their power consumption and pay to offset it through companies that fund projects like methane digesters, wind farms, hydroelectric, etc...

    The truth of the matter is without something like this going green would be very hard as you cant really slap a solar panel ontop of a server and the number of totally green data centers are slim to non.
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    I think green hosting is just a marketing idea. This thing are available from 2-3 years, the same period when the electric car and hybrid engines was more promoted.

    Anyway, wind energy and alternate power resources are better than oil based energies.

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    Green hosting has nothing to do with server management, business and websites running know-hows

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    Green or in other words Eco-friendly website hosting is a recent addition to the field of website hosting. Here the hosting company are attempting to prove that they are not having any negative impact on the environment.

    The best example taking google into consideration is the blackle.com. Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asherenian View Post
    I understand how going with a Virtual Server would be considered Green but aren't you sacrificing a lot of performance in the process?
    Two major groups of people that rely on physical servers are those that have outgrown shared environments or want extra resources in-case they're needed. Both of these groups end up wasting incredible amounts of power keeping a single servers online under 10% utilization. This is one large areas that virtualization helps reduce the effects of technology on the environment.

    Hosting will always have some impact on our environment. We all just need to work toward reducing it.

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    Is it good for my business or not as using minimum power.

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    Many web hosting providers are turning green nowadays as more people are turning to renewable energy to save the environment web providers have to adapt themself if they want to gain more customers and don't loose existing ones.

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    I heard they built a large datacentre in Island with all natural cooling (it's cold in that country most of time anyway).

    Also, IBM was talking about a "worldwide grid" where information is hosted in different datacentres around the globe which "turn on" as the night approaches in that place. That way, it only uses "off peak" energy etc.

    There are a few very interesting ideas out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nichita View Post
    I think green hosting is just a marketing idea. This thing are available from 2-3 years, the same period when the electric car and hybrid engines was more promoted.

    Anyway, wind energy and alternate power resources are better than oil based energies.
    Bingo... It's marketing fluff... The added benefits and results of using greener power supplies, servers, and reducing our overall energy consumption is still there of course. Its not a bad thing, but its certainly not about feeling good and saving the environment. Its marketed that way, but the reality is that is more about bringing costs down to the consumer and the provider in terms of energy usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm22 View Post
    I heard they built a large datacentre in Island with all natural cooling (it's cold in that country most of time anyway).

    Also, IBM was talking about a "worldwide grid" where information is hosted in different datacentres around the globe which "turn on" as the night approaches in that place. That way, it only uses "off peak" energy etc.

    There are a few very interesting ideas out there.

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    I believe you mean Iceland. Don't think data-center is actually built yet, but with the recent completion of the DANICE fiber submarine cable, Iceland is starting to have enough connectivity to support some interesting possibilities for colocation and data services.

    Further information on this project may be found here: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/a...enter-project/
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    Quote Originally Posted by rasputin View Post
    Bingo... It's marketing fluff... The added benefits and results of using greener power supplies, servers, and reducing our overall energy consumption is still there of course. Its not a bad thing, but its certainly not about feeling good and saving the environment. Its marketed that way, but the reality is that is more about bringing costs down to the consumer and the provider in terms of energy usage.
    Precisely. A "green consulting firm" was going around and convincing all the web hosting companies to "go green" as a mere marketing ploy. It'd cost them maybe 1% of revenue to buy the necessary RECs but it would provide a much larger boost in sales, making it "profitable" to go green.

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    There are many ways to reduce power consumption with hosting. Two major ways are:

    1. Using virtualization on new hardware. You can turn one new-age Xeon CPU into 2 virtual servers that provide the same performance as 2 physical xeons from 3-4 years ago. (Power savings of up to 50% right there)

    2. Using high efficiency power supplies. I personally love Antec power supplies and I have been using 80 PLUS certified through them for years now and can say power savings just by using these is up to 20%.
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  25. I was confused about this also but I've got it now thanks to all.

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