Australian research has uncovered an unexpected source of future drains on our energy grid: wireless internet service providers. According to the research, the mobile cloud uses much more power than physical data centers. It was predicted that in just two years from now, data center energy consumption will be next to nothing compared to the consumption that will be occurring via wireless networks.
The issue, according to experts is that the cloud has become an ever-popular method of data access and storage, which means that a high number of users are accessing the cloud. This can occur via many methods, including webmail and social media, and is happening mainly via portable devices. The solution to this massive consumption of energy, they say, lies in identifying the issues with wireless technology.