Survey finds big datacenter managers concerned about green laws

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Enterprise IT Planet points to a survey by datacenter firm Digital Realty Trust of senior execs at US companies in charge of datacenters and sustainable computing initiatives

Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said they were extremely concerned, or very concerned, about government regulation. Eighty-one percent said that carbon credits were now part of their IT strategy, compared with 18 percent in 2008. Fifty-three percent felt that the industry now has a clear idea of what a green datacenter is, compared with 82 percent who felt that there was no clear definition. Finally, 73 percent identified energy efficiency as a key feature of a green datacenter.

The phrase “we’re from the government, and we’re here to help” keeps me awake at night.