Green networking is a broad term referring to processes used to optimize networking or make it more efficient. This term extends to and covers processes that reduce energy consumption, as well as processes for conserving bandwidth or any other process that will ultimately reduce energy use and, indirectly, cost.
The issue of green networking has many important applications, especially as energy becomes more expensive and people become more conscious of the negative effects of energy consumption on the environment.
Some of the main strategies associated with green networking involve consolidating devices or otherwise optimizing a hardware setup. Software virtualization and efficient server use can contribute to this general goal. Green networking could also include such diverse ideas as remote work locations, energy use in buildings housing hardware, or other peripheral aspects of a network infrastructure.
Ideas associated with green networking also address tech services or user relationships that may ultimately be built on a network. This includes green search or studies of the energy use of search engines, along with many other kinds of analysis of modern networks and tech systems.
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