09/23/2012 11:16 am ET Updated Nov 23, 2012

Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts Of Energy, Belying Industry Image

Most data centers, by design, consume vast amounts of energy in an incongruously wasteful manner, interviews and documents show. Online companies typically run their facilities at maximum capacity around the clock, whatever the demand. As a result, data centers can waste 90 percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid, The Times found.

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