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In this video you will learn about the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) recent study on the environmental impact of data centers. Data centers are the fastest-growing consumers of electricity in the United States. The problem? Most data center servers are wildly underutilized. Even with virtualization, the majority of servers never come close to using their full capacity. To accommodate growth, data centers add more CPU, more RAM, more everything, year after year – never truly utilizing the existing infrastructure to its full potential.
NRDC findings show that increasing server utilization could reduce data center electricity consumption by more than 40%, significantly reducing carbon pollution and resulting in $3.8 billion of annual savings for US businesses and 39 Billion kilowatt hours of electricity.