The total impact of the ICT ecosystem approaches 1500 TWh/year, which roughly comprises 10% of the world energy consumption, more than Japan and Germany combined. The cloud accounts for about one third of the total. This is due to the necessity of cooling the hardware used to store data in data centers as well as the data transfers which, depending on the location of the exchanging nodes, can be orders of magnitude more demanding, as far as energy consumption is concerned, than storage itself.
Cubbit is painstakingly designed to minimize the carbon footprint. Thanks to its distributed architecture, Cubbit saves a lot of energy compared to traditional cloud platforms, which are burdened by maintenance costs (the data center needs to be cooled down to work properly) and long data transfers, that in certain cases can be as energy-consuming as data storage itself. Thanks to the power of distribution, Cubbit beats the average storage energy consumption by 53 to 87%, requiring about 2.5 W for each TB stored in Cubbit. For a thorough analysis of the matter, please take a look at our green paper.