Google data centers in Europe and sustainability

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2020 will be remembered as the year in which due to force majeure the whole world embraced the cloud so that we can continue to work, study and communicate. There is one of the main protagonists of this revolution Google, which over time has become the nerve center of the systems that regulate access to online information and productivity service providers without which (as demonstrated by yesterday's short down) many find themselves forced to stop all activities. It is also to avoid the repetition of similar problems, as well as to improve the quality of what is offered, that the Mountain View group confirms its willingness to continue to strengthen its network of data center.

Google cloud expands in Europe (respecting the environment)

In a post shared on the official blog, the focus is onEurope, on the projects already in place and on those planned for the old continent. In the image below, for example, the Fredericia plant just inaugurated in Denmark. In the opening photo that of Middenmeer in the Netherlands. Another has been announced in recent months for Poland.

Each structure is designed to take into account the needs of environmental sustainability, implementing systems and technologies capable of ensuring operational continuity and at the same time not impacting the environment by supplying the servers with 100% sustainable energy and exploiting innovative methods for cooling.

Over the next five years, we plan to commit $ XNUMX billion in carbon-free power generation projects and green infrastructure for Europe, helping to develop new technologies to make clean energy affordable at all times and more widely available. .

Whenever we log into the Gmail inbox, watch a streaming video on YouTube or attend a meeting on Meet, we interact with the infrastructure cloud by Google. This inevitably results in energy expenditure. We multiply the phenomenon by the billions of requests that data centers have to manage every hour and we get an idea of ​​how much even the smallest of changes and optimizations on this front can make a difference.

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