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Green Hosting - An Overview

by Andrew Marshall
Green Web Hosting is starting to become popular in the Internet world. It is something that more hosting companies are looking to move into. The very nature of web hosting means that it has an inevitable affect on the environment; computers need to be powered and servers are never switched off.

The internet has become an important part of many people's lives and now contributes towards the employment of many millions of people worldwide. With green issues being taken more seriously by the majority of people alternative ways of many different parts of our lives are being explored. This is no different with web hosting, with people searching for alternatives that are less harmful to the environment. More and more people are thinking of ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Because of the increase in awareness of green issues, green web hosting is something many people are looking at. Green issues are now in the public consciousness like never before, and many would prefer greener hosting where possible. The environmental affects of hosting cannot be completely prevented but green hosting can help. There are initiatives that can be explored that will help. With people looking to more environmentally friendly options green hosting is a potential money maker for hosts. In many ways being environmentally friendly is a marketing opportunity, and this is something that could encourage hosts to become greener.

There are several ways in which web hosts can do this. The most obvious is that they can use more sustainable forms of energy such as solar power and wind power. If a host can produce all of their own energy using solar power for example, then this would make a significant difference. With sustainable energy being researched more all the time, the number of ways of doing this, and number of hosts doing it, is likely to increase. Carbon offsetting is an area that many hosts are starting to be involved in. This constitutes making up for the energy they are using by doing something to neutralise the affect on the environment. Planting trees is the best known of these. More simple green methods can also be used. Not wasting energy by using less where possible is a step that most hosting companies, as well as other businesses, can take. Laptops use less power than desktop computers, so this is an area that can be taken advantage of as well.

As far as the future is concerned, more advanced green hosting techniques are likely to occur, and hosting in general will likely become greener as environmental issues are taken more seriously. There is a question of whether all websites need to be up all of the time. If a website's visitors are all from the same country (or even the same continent) then is it necessary for the website to be up during the night? If not then energy could be saved. But then there is a question of whether people will accept an inferior service. Another thing that could be possible in the future is for green initiatives to be enforced by governments. This could be the case across many areas and web hosting may be no different. Web Hosting will always have some affect on the environment, but there are certainly ways that this affect can be less than it currently is.

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Friday, Oct 2nd, 2009