Name of Primary Faculty Advisor

Dr. Simon Croom

Publication Date

Spring 5-5-2024

Student Classification



Environmental Studies | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Description / Abstract

In our data-driven society, the exponential growth of data generation presents both opportunities and challenges. Each day, 328.77 million terabytes of data are produced, necessitating vast storage solutions. Traditional data storage methods, such as HDDs and SSDs, have given way to the revolutionary Cloud, which offers scalable and accessible storage options. However, the environmental impact of Cloud servers, characterized by significant energy and water consumption, raises concerns. This chapter examines the evolution of data storage, the environmental ramifications of Cloud servers, and the sustainability efforts of Cloud companies. The chapter also explores the transformative effects of the Cloud on global supply chains, enhancing efficiency and enabling remote work. As businesses and individuals, it is crucial to recognize the environmental impact of our data storage practices and adopt responsible approaches to ensure a sustainable future.