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  Post #1 (permalink)   07-28-2013, 01:55 PM
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I've been seeing a ton of "green hosting" services, with a new one seemingly popping up every other day.

Does it really matter if your hosting services are 'green'? I've always been an environmentally friendly person, but honestly, I see this whole green hosting thing as being just another marketing trend. A new way for hosts to take advantage of the consumers, and the current worldwide trends and interests of our society.

What are your views on green hosting? Would you pay extra to host at a green host? (or if you operate a hosting network, would you pay to invest in a green datacenter?)
Does it even concern you?
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  Post #2 (permalink)   07-28-2013, 04:17 PM
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You got it pretty much figured out, a marketing trend (nothing wrong with that)

Yes, the hosts do take different approaches to make their services "green" but as a consumer you will not notice anything drastic. For consumers, they tend to like "green" providers just because they're being eco-friendly. Obviously not everyone cares about being eco-friendly, but those that do that happen to need hosting services might find a "green" host to be more interesting.

As a provider, there can be some cost savings if you truly setup a "green" facility. How much? That I can't speak for as I never really looked into it personally but I know there are some pros to having a "green" facility, one being costs.
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I don't think it is much, just a marketing ploy as usual, most are not actually green -_- lol
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I don't think it is much, just a marketing ploy as usual, most are not actually green -_- lol
I forgot to note that last part, thank you

I'd be very interested to see how many are actually "green"...
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There are some folks who abuse the term and claim to offer web hosting services produced from 100% Green technologies. In order to say that one needs to get power from Renewable energy sources (solar or wind). Now go to any energy map of North America and try to find a data center which depends on renewables... good luck.

It is reasonable to use technologies which reduce the carbon emissions however and/or to use low voltage servers, which use less power.
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It`s a marketing trick ... There is no such thing as "Green" servers...
 
 
 


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In order to say that one needs to get power from Renewable energy sources (solar or wind).
True, but even Datacenters that say they are 100% Green are not and cannot be either.

Solar power/Wind power will never produce the same or enough power to operate a full DC, so these DCs still will need conventional power sources
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It`s a marketing trick ... There is no such thing as "Green" servers...
I do believe it is just a trick, nothing else.
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It seems to me green hosting is a part of hosting services which are able to meet the needs of a certain group of webmasters.
 
 
 


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It seems to me green hosting is a part of hosting services which are able to meet the needs of a certain group of webmasters.
but then if you look from the eyes on an end user how would you actually know your host is green apart from them saying so on their website.
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When hosts say "Green", they mostly mean renewable energy. Green has in helping the planet by using less resources
 
 
 


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When hosts say "Green", they mostly mean renewable energy. Green has in helping the planet by using less resources
I think the highlighted words mostly mean says alot that Green Hosting is just a marketing gimmick as what you say is that renewable energy is not always used, so therefore cannot be classed as Green Hosting
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Since you consider yourself environmentally conscious, you may want to seek out green hosting. Yes, some hosts use it as a marketing gimmick. Usually you can dig up some information on the hosts' website to see why they consider themselves green and you can always contact their sales staff.

Speaking from our perspective, it's not a "gimmick" and we specifically lay out what we do. Our visitors do seek out the information on our site.
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Since you consider yourself environmentally conscious, you may want to seek out green hosting. Yes, some hosts use it as a marketing gimmick. Usually you can dig up some information on the hosts' website to see why they consider themselves green and you can always contact their sales staff.

Speaking from our perspective, it's not a "gimmick" and we specifically lay out what we do. Our visitors do seek out the information on our site.
but as Green Hosting means getting power from Renewable energy sources (solar or wind), but these alone cant provide full power needed at a datacenter, just like if you have solar panels or wind turbine for you home, this only produces a fraction of needed power, so you still need conventional power sources to run alongside Renewable energy sources (solar or wind), so therefore it cant be 100% Green
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Solar power/Wind power will never produce the same or enough power to operate a full DC, so these DCs still will need conventional power sources
Solar power can produce more than enough energy to power an entire datacenter. It just depends on how much the dc is willing to invest.

Apple's massive solar array - http://www.businessinsider.com/photo...ay-2013-4?op=1
(powering Apple's data center)
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