- In 2010, data centers accounted for 1.3 percent of total global energy usage, according to Jonathan Toomey, a Ph.D. and professor on the environmental effects of information technology.
- That same year, data centers accounted for 2 percent of the nation’s total electricity usage. Think about that. Of all the buildings that exist in the U.S., certainly two out of every 100 are not data centers, yet they consume that percentage of electricity.
- IDC estimates the volume of digital content last year grew to 2.7 zettabytes (ZB), up 48 percent from 2011. Handling that kind of growth is only going to increase the demand for data centers and their associated energy costs.