You’ve probably heard of cloud computing—a popular way now to access data stored elsewhere from your device. Its mention evokes an imagery that is benign and endearing, like rain-bearing clouds. A beguilingly naturalistic metaphor for technology. For, what’s actually entailed in cloud computing are millions of square feet of energy-guzzling data centres filled with whirring hard disks that require a lot of electricity to run and be kept in ambient temperature. And they are leaving behind a carbon footprint the size of the last cumulonimbus cloud you saw.
Data centres have been around since the days computers began to network, a mother hard disk that several users drew on or accessed at the same time. The advent of internet and its growth have only made them larger. Today, it is where your inbox lives and where your bank account details are recorded. But they are now set for the next big leap in India with cloud computing.