Technology Review reports new Internet-routing algorithms will take electricity price fluctuations into account to save money. A study from MIT researchers and networking company Akamai reveals Internet giants like Google, Microsoft and Amazon could save millions of dollars each year with this technology. More info over here.
Modern datacenters gobble up huge amounts of electricity and usage is increasing at a rapid pace. Energy consumption has accelerated as applications move from desktop computers to the Internet and as information gets transferred from ordinary computers to distributed "cloud" computing services. For the world's biggest information-technology firms, this means spending upwards of $30 million on electricity every year, by modest estimates..