The Atlantlic slips a digit, 1.5% not 15% of energy used in Data Centers

The Atlantic choose to write an article on the top 5 things they learned from Google's disclosure.

The Five Coolest Things We Learned from Google's Data Center Tour


The usually cagey Google has decided to let the world inside one of its data centers, putting up an explanatory website complete with pretty pictures a virtual YouTube tour and a Street View tour. In addition, Google also let Wired's Steven Levy actually walk around the center in Lenoir, North Carolina, giving us more information ever about the hubs that power all the Google related Internetting we do. It's a lot. Here are the five awesomest things we learned.

One thing they didn't learn is how much power data centers use.

4. So many cords.

The place is huge This one site alone has 49,923 servers. In total, Google has over 1 million servers, estimates Levy. And data centers in general consume 15 percent of the world's electricity output.

You could send The Atlantic an e-mail to point up the error, but already how many people now think data centers consume 15% of the world's electricity output. :-)