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UK Television Documentary alert about energy consumption by cloud servers.

UK Television Documentary alert about energy consumption by cloud servers.

Explorer | Level 4

In a recent documentary on UK television a survey was undertaken on the numbers of photos and video files on mobile phones that were on "cloud " storage.   Many users were astounded to find they had thousands!    The researchers then produced statistics showing that the cumulative use of servers for so many seldom used photos, videos or other large files was resulting in energy consumption equivalent to fleets of motor vehicles or many aircraft.  
I have a free account with Dropbox that I understand gives me 2GB of storage space. Recently had a notification that my box is nearly full and I should upgrade.

Should Dropbox have a clear display of the file sizes that are being stored so as to encourage us to protect the environment by removing large and seldom use items?  If I recall correctly I had to use Windows Explorer to check the properties and sizes of the files in the Dropbox and find the culprit one!
The jump from 2GB free service that has been adequate for my needs  to an expensive 2TB service , way beyond my budget and   needs as a pensioner , seems to give priority to profits

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Re: UK Television Documentary alert about energy consumption by cloud servers.

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Hey @Worldlife; welcome to our Community and happy Monday!

 

I'm not sure if you'd like assistance with something, but I just wanted to mention that you can contact our team for press inquiries by sending an email to this address: 

 

press@dropbox.com 

 

Let us know if you have any questions!


Walter
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Re: UK Television Documentary alert about energy consumption by cloud servers.

Explorer | Level 4

Thanks Walter for your reply.

I was not really after help but thought the Community might be a useful place to discuss these issues and get further information and input.

I will however take up your suggestion and forward a copy of the posting to the Press team as the source of the initial information was a UK television  broadcast.

Take care - stay safe 

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