How Clean is Your Cloud?: The Necessity of Renewable Power for a Sustainable IT Future
Date: December 12th 2012
Time: 11:00am PST
Location: Morgan Hill Room
Fossil fuels drive the IT industry, as most data centers are powered by energy grids that are dependent on this form of dirty energy. Both McKinsey and Gartner have published reports outlining the IT industry’s contribution to global carbon emissions, which is only expected to grow exponentially as more and more data is moved to the cloud.
Many Big Data companies are beginning to look to the north for cloud solutions, attracted by its naturally cool climate and abundance of renewable energy. Iceland for example boasts an energy grid powered by 100% renewable hydro and geothermal energy as well as a strategic location between North America and Europe.
This talk will outline the current barriers to adopting better energy solutions, misnomers about efficiency and sustainability and solutions for a more sustainable IT future.
Bala Kamallakharan , CEO , GreenQloud
Bala is the CEO of GreenQloud and an investments expert who mentors startups on business strategy, raising capital and global growth. He is the Founder of Startup Iceland, an initiative to build a sustainable startup ecosystem in Iceland then replicated throughout the world. Bala is also a founding partner at Auro Investment Partners LLC, a venture investment company invested in a portfolio of companies in the Technology and Hospitality sectors.
Before founding AIP and Startup Iceland, Bala Kamallakharan served as the Head of India for Iceland-based Glitnir bank. He was part of the Strategic Growth team, which included mergers & acquisitions, business development and strategy formulation. Bala was previously with Cap Gemini in the US, formerly Ernst & Young Management Consulting.
Bala has a management degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He also holds a Masters degree in Economics and a second Masters degree in Information Systems & Decision Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA.
Bala is on the Board of Directors for several companies and organizations including Iceland-based CLARA. He is also the Treasurer of the Reykjavik International Rotary Club and an avid marathon runner.