Cloud Computing = Green Computing

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

"It's like keeping the squabbling kids in the back seat apart no matter how long the journey, or how loudly they scream."

That's how Colin Grant, Senior Director of Engineering at Librato, describes his company's products - resource management software for data centers. Librato's software enables two or more applications to be consolidated on the same server with guarantees that no single application can impinge on any of the others.

Green computing results from Librato's resource management software for data centers.In addition to maintaining peace among competing applications, Librato's products can also rebalance unused resources from one application to another based on load and demand. “The flexibility of being able to reuse servers for different applications at different times significantly increases utilization and consequently reduces operation expenses,” notes Grant.

And the effect on the cloud computing industry? Green – both environmentally and financially. “If nothing else, less energy is spent powering wasted servers that generate heat that, in turn, have to be cooled using additional energy. Powering and cooling a data center is a significant portion of a data center's runtime costs,” says Grant.

Controlling costs, like controlling kids in the back seat, could make you feel the way you do when you look at a cloud floating by – peaceful – contented…

And knowing that your system is operating efficiently makes that cloud green, which is a good thing when it comes to computing in the cloud.


Thanks to Colin Grant for this informative paper.  Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computingby Michael Armbrust et al., February 10, 2009 (.pdf).  For more about cloud computing, feel free to view Handshake 2.0's series on cloud computing.


Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0. You're invited to follow her on Twitter at @zkellyq.

Librato is a leader in data center resource management software that enables companies to reduce operating and capital expenses by dramatically increasing utilization rates. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with offices in Blacksburg, Virginia and Pune, India.

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