I agree, DennisQ. I think cloud computing will be better for the environment going forward. The computer devices that users will have will not need to store and process as much information. These devices can therefore be smaller and more efficient.
@DennisQ, I understand your view on the impact of cloud on the environment. Yes, you're correct "the environment has bigger problems than salesforce" The discussion is about safe guarding whatever impact the increase in usage of Cloud computing may create in the environment.
I'm sure you'll agree that when issues like this are left unchecked or adequately monitored and evaluated, the impact and consequences can be dire. This is what the debate is all about.
DennisQ, You are right that the earth faces greater environmental concerns than the potential harm from Cloud server farms. I think, though, we still need to identify, evaluate and understand the total impact of even these on the environment. This may be the only way for us to remove any negative impacts, leaving the process with only the positive effects.
I'm really confused as to why there seems to be sudden concern about the cloud hurting the environment. If anything, I think it's the opposite and everything will be more efficient. Plus, technology is much, MUCH less efficient than it was in the past... although yes, we use more of it now.
Worse case scenario, I think it's a wash. But I really don't think it hurts the environment. The environment has much bigger problems than Salesforce.
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