The growing demand for cloud infrastructure has led to a dramatic increase in energy consumption. This desire for power has significantly contributed to the environment’s carbon footprint. The ever increasing demand for energy is primarily due to the exponential growth of data centers with thousands of servers and other infrastructures.

Energy-efficient solutions are necessary to minimize the impact of cloud computing on the environment. Green cloud computing, also known as green information technology, is a potential solution to aide in the reduction of energy consumption.

Green cloud computing is the study of designing, producing and using digital devices in a way that reduces their impact on the environment. Not only can these solutions save energy but can also reduce operational costs.

Green cloud is a sophisticated packet-level simulator for energy-aware cloud computing data centers with a focus on cloud communications. It offers a detailed fine-grained modelling of the energy consumed by the data center IT equipment, such as computing servers, network switches, and communication links.

Green Cloud can be used to develop novel solutions in monitoring, resource allocation, workload scheduling as well as optimization of communication protocols and network infrastructures. It is released under the General Public License Agreement and is an extension of the well-known NS2 network simulator.

The Benefits of Going Green

Green cloud computing is a solution that allows users to utilize all the benefits of cloud storage while also decreasing its adverse effects. The ultimate goal of green cloud computing is to reduce the power consumption of large data centers (Amazon, Google, eBay, etc.). Green cloud computing aims to include energy-efficient technology, environmentally sustainable production practices and improved waste and recycling procedures.

Green Design: Designing energy-efficient servers, infrastructure, computers, software applications and other digital devices will reduce the amount of energy consumed in the future

Green Production: Minimizing energy and waste by recycling and repurposing equipment during the production process of digital devices can contribute to a more sustainable environment.

CPU utilization.An interface can be used to offload some processing from the CPU. High data rates are particularly taxing for software. The cost of a faster CPU must be balanced against the cost of a more sophisticated hardware interface.

Green Usage: Reducing the amount of energy a product utilizes while in use can reduce up to 27% of energy. Aside from large corporations and large data centers reducing their waste, the average computer user can also implement green practices into their data usage.