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Cloud Computing's Green Potential

Tom Raftery, Lead analyst, GreenMonk

DigitalTrends2011 by CEPIS&HePIS

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  • 1. Cloud Computing’s Green Potential Tom Raftery Digital Trends 2011 - Green ICT & Cloud Computing December 2011 1
  • 2. Tom Raftery • Lead analyst, energy and sustainability practice, RedMonk • CIX, Chip & Zenith • • • • +34 677 695 468 • 2CIX, Chip & Zenith - involvement with Cloud, going back to late 90’s
  • 3. Who are you? Photo 3Deployed cloud solutions? Or plan to...How many think Cloud is Green?
  • 4. Cloud Computing? Photo 4
  • 5. Browser delivered 5First blush - it is simply browser delivered software - but much more now
  • 6. Nothing New 6Launched July 1996 - one of the 1st widely used SaaS applicationsGoes back to mainframe computing in the 60’s
  • 7. SaaS Photo 7Social Networks, Zoho, Google Apps, SlideShare, Dropbox, etc.
  • 8. PaaS Photo 8PaaS is like abstracting SaaS back one level - deploying, as a service, the platform to dev/rollout, Google AppEngine, Microsoft Azure, Cloud Foundry, AppScale, etc
  • 9. IaaS Photo 9IaaS abstracts back another level, making hardware (network, disk, cpu) available as a serviceAmazon EC2, S3, OpenStack, VMWare, Rackspace CloudForms
  • 10. Huh?Image 10
  • 11. TypesImage 11
  • 12. Energy Efficient? 12
  • 13. Energy & Carbon?Microsoft, Accenture and WSP Environment & Energy StudyShows Significant Energy and Carbon Emissions ReductionPotential From Cloud Computing November 2010 Link 13
  • 14. Energy & Carbon?Microsoft, Accenture and WSP Environment & Energy StudyShows Significant Energy and Carbon Emissions ReductionPotential From Cloud Computing November 2010 Link 14
  • 15. Streamlining Photo: 15Traditional servers:RFP -> PO -> Order -> delivery -> Image -> Patch -> Apps ->Test -> deploy - (weeks -> months)CloudPO often not necessary (not large capital expense) - Order & deploy (minutes->hours)Streamlining - faster to purchase & deploy virtual servers than physical ones
  • 16. Dynamic Provisioning Image 16Dynamic Provisioning
  • 17. Multi-tenancy Photo 17Multi-tenancy
  • 18. Server Utilisation Image 18Traditional servers under-utilisedCloud ones?
  • 19. Chasing the moon Photo 19Chasing the moon
  • 20. Ubiquitous Information Photo 20Ubiquitous access to information enables work from anywhere (with a connection!)
  • 21. Tele-working Photo 21About 25% of IBMs 320,000 workers worldwide telecommute from home offices, saving $700 million in real estate costs.
  • 22. Energy Efficient?Less commuting &Less building stock - yesBut less energy consumption or offsetting? 22
  • 23. Energy Efficient?“If you can’t measure it, youcan’t manage it” 23
  • 24. Energy Efficient? Hands up exercise... 24Hands up if you have you moved some of your applications to a Cloud providerKeep your hands up if you know what the energy consumption of that application was before moving it to the cloudKeep your hands up if you know the energy consumption of your application after it has moved to the Cloud
  • 25. Energy Efficient? Without data, no way to know, but... 25Given lack of data - impossible to say
  • 26. Energy Efficient ≠ Green 26Common mistake is to conflate energy efficiency with Green
  • 27. Green? 27
  • 28. CDC Report“A typical food & beverage firm transitioning its human resources(HR) application from dedicated IT to a public cloud can reduceCO2 emissions by 30,000 metric tons over five years” Cloud Computing – The IT Solution for the 21st Century CDC &Verdantix July 2011 28
  • 29. CDC Report“allowing companies to maximize performance, drive down costs,reduce inefficiency and minimize energy use – and thereforecarbon emissions” Cloud Computing – The IT Solution for the 21st Century CDC &Verdantix July 2011 29Association of energy & carbon is a fundamental error - depends on the source of the energy(renewable vs fossil fuel)Reducing energy use doesn’t necessarily reduce CO2
  • 30. Takedown 30Based on assumptions and a PUE-based model - could just as easily increase emissions by 30,000tons
  • 31. PUE? Power usage effectiveness (PUE): ratio of total amount of power used by a data center, to the power delivered to computing equipment. 31Hands up who has heard of/knows what PUE is...
  • 32. PUE? Photo: 32Traditionally, no standard for where it is metered (some at HV, some at MV, some at LV) - includes allconversions (and losses) or not
  • 33. PUE? IT Equipment Total Power PUE 1MW 2MW 2.0 0.75MW 1.75MW 2.33 33No account taken of the efficiency of use of IT equipmentTurning off unused servers reduces your consumption but PUE goes up!
  • 34. PUE? Data Centre Supply Carbon Intensity PUE IT Carbon Intensity Typical 0.5kg CO2/kWh 1.5 0.75kg CO2/kWh Good PUE mostly coal-fired power 0.8kg CO2/kWh 1.2 0.96kg CO2/kWh Poor PUE but mostly renewables 0.2kg CO2/kWh 3.0 0.6kg CO2/kWh 34In US - most Cloud Dc’s are coal powered as it is lowest cost elecDC with good PUE run on coal-fired power emits 50% more CO2/kWh than DC with poor PUE run onmostly renewablesElec supply is more impt than PUE is assessing how Green a DC isThere is a CUE metric but is poorly adopted atm
  • 35. Green?“A typical food & beverage firm transitioning its human resources(HR) application from dedicated IT to a public cloud canincrease CO2 emissions by 30,000 metric tons over five years” Carbon Disclosure Project’s emissions reduction claims for cloud computing are flawed GreenMonk July 2011 35
  • 36. Facebook Photo 36A practical example of this is...
  • 37. Green?“As of the end of Q3 2011, the Prineville data centerhad a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.08...much lower than the industry standard of 1.5.Facebook’s energy consumption per unit of computingpower has declined by 38%” 37
  • 38. PacificCorp 3858% of its energy from coal and another 12% from gas so over 70% from fossil fuel directly.22.5% is purchased from other suppliers so could also be fossil fuel.
  • 39. Spain 39Coal averaging around 20%Gas around 14%Wind around 25%
  • 40. Spain 40Coal around 9%Gas around 30%Wind around 25%
  • 41. Dublin 41MicrosoftAmazonGoogleIBMSunGardDigital Realty TrustAll have significant DC’s in Dublin
  • 42. Green?Ireland sources 84% of electricity from fossil fuels 42
  • 43. OTOH... 43
  • 44. iCloud Photo 44Apple’s iCloud 500,000 sq ft data center in North CarolinaDuke energy 78% coal & nuclear (nuclear has enormous water footprint)Apple solar data center? 121-acre site cleared for solar
  • 45. Google & PPA’s 45PPA’s mean security of energy pricing for 20 yearsREC’s for excess
  • 46. Google & PPA’s 46PPA’s mean security of energy pricing for 20 yearsREC’s for excess
  • 47. Other Google initiatives • Google invested in early-stage companies such as Makani Power and Potter Drilling • Invested $75 million to create a fund that will help up to 3,000 homeowners go solar • Invested $280 million in a SolarCity fund to help provide innovative financing for residential solar projects • Invested $178 million into utility-scale solar project called Ivanpah, in Mojave Desert • Invested a 37.5% equity stake in the critical early-stage development of the Atlantic Wind Connection • Invested a total of $157 million in two projects totaling 270 MW at the Alta Wind Energy Center • Invested $100 million into 845MW Shepherd’s Flat windfarm • $38.8 million in two wind farms in North Dakota • First international investment of €3.5 million in a solar facility in Brandenburg, Germany 479 bullet points on a single slide is a record for meIn fact, 9 bullet points in a single presentation is normally way above my average!
  • 48. Having said that... 48
  • 49. Jevons Paradox 49Having said that...UK Economist William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882)As steam engines become more efficient, consumption of coal increases!
  • 50. Parkinson’s Law Data expands to fill thespace available for storage 50
  • 51. Promotes Consumption GMail 1GB mail limit - now 7.5GB 51Cloud promotes consumption - not GreenGmail - 1GB mail limit - when HotMail had 2mb & Yahoo! had 4mbGMail has 25mb. Suddenly people could use the resource, so they didUnlimited storageIf we had to live in a more constrained world, we could
  • 52. Promotes Consumption"EC2 means anyone with a $10 bill can rent a10-machine cluster, with 1TB of distributedstorage, for 8 hours" Infochimps’ CTO Flip Kromer 52
  • 53. Green?Not very Green! 53
  • 54. Green?Confused yet? 54
  • 55. Irony?Cloud deliveredGreen software... 55
  • 56. Irony? 56
  • 57. Irony? 57
  • 58. Irony? 58
  • 59. Irony? 59
  • 60. Boom!Photo: 60
  • 61. Conclusion Cloud Computing has many advantages Being Green is not one of them. 61Given it is delivered using fossil fuelsAnd it drives further consumption
  • 62. One last thing... 62
  • 63. ευχαριστώ! Contact information: Tom RafteryLead Analyst, Energy & Sustainability, RedMonk,, +34 677 695 468 63