From Bitcoin to Gangnam Style. Time for a data center ‘social worth’ metric?

Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 17.10.23My latest blog over at Verne Global looks at whether it might be time to introduce another KPI or metric into the data centre management lexicon: social worth.

I owe a debt to Professor Ian Bitterlin for his cutting analysis of the energy consumption of the Youtube sensation Gangnam Style a few years back which stuck with me.

The recent volatility around bitcoin has also stirred up similar concerns about profligate use of energy.

Bitcoin facilities, or hashing centers, might be capex light but they consume huge amounts of power and, if critics are to be believed, with at best questionable long term benefit.

Head to Verne Global for the full blog.

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