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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Drucifer, Mar 17, 2014.
Google Cuts Price of Drive Cloud Storage
I'm not comfortable with the idea of "cheapness" as a criteria for a cloud server service. There are just too many potential political and social issues. Here's the kind of criteria that will go into the development of economically competitive cloud server sites:
Large volumes of cheap electricity. The reason is obvious.
Proximity to rivers and lakes. They use a large amount of water for cooling purposes.
Large areas of land. Allows for more privacy and security.
Tax incentives. This allows you to help pay for their development - what corporation wouldn't want that.
Access to technically-trained personnel at modest wages. As prices drop, this will, of course, be in Silicon Valley or close proximity to Puget Sound. :sure:
There's much BS about things like focus on renewable power sources. I call it BS because there is a finite quantity of reliable power available at any one time and if you want the cheapest the solution is to appear to be in an area that is served by "green" energy then buy the cheapest leaving others to carry the cost of being green.
And then in 2011 we learned:
But hey, another few cheap terabyte here and there, and pretty soon you've got some real data for the government to wade through.
Cheap Electric + Open Air Cooling..available now at big data centers in NC and Ireland
Yep, I live about 30-40 miles from 3 or 4 of the largest, newest from Apple, Google & others.
Google earth 'Apple Data Center, NC' or 'Google data center, NC'
I'm kind of a skeptic about the reliability of the Open Air Cooling model. And IMHO whether its water or air, the heat generated is ultimately shifted to the environment which over the long run, as the number of servers expands exponentially, is going to have a cumulative impact on the environment. But what do I know....
Just read Virgin is also getting into the cloud biz.