An article by Linda Hardesty, Energy Manager Today.

IBM inventors have patented a technique that enables cloud computing data center operators to dynamically redistribute workloads to lower-powered or underutilized systems, thereby minimizing their energy usage and environmental footprint.

In October, IBM received US Patent #8,549,125: Environmentally sustainable computing in a distributed computer network for the invention.

Keith Walker, IBM Master Inventor and co-inventor on the patent, said there are three main reasons why a data center may want to offer the technology:

  1. Money
  2. Sustainability
  3. Public Relations

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