Online auction company eBay has gone to great lengths to ensure that the servers that process its transactions are as energy- and cost-efficient as possible. The company’s state-of-the-art data center in Utah is only one part of this ethos; another can be found in the extensive analytics the company conducts internally to track server performance and other metrics. eBay’s Digital Service Efficiency dashboard shows some of the results of these analytics, updated quarterly since 2012. The dashboard includes a high-granularity look at power consumption and figures on cost, revenue, and environmental impact.
eBay’s Digital Service Efficiency Dashboard
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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