Small Investments in Green Storage Yield Substantial Savings

Patrick Avery

IT Business Edge blogger Arthur Cole asks two questions at the beginning of one of his most recent blog posts: What is the best approach when it comes to green storage and do you go with fewer large-capacity drives or many smaller drives with idling and power-sharing technologies to reduce consumption?


Ultimately, Cole suggests a small, but effective, approach to green storage.

"In many data centers, greening up the storage array has taken a back seat to other power-saving measures like server consolidation and HVAC upgrades. But storage can become quite the energy hog if left to its own devices. A modest investment can generate a substantial savings -- and that is the best kind of green."

The Knowledge Network provides several tools to address green technology, energy consumption and the greening of data centers. Here are a few to take a look at:


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Mar 24, 2009 8:43 AM greg schulz greg schulz  says:

As an additional resource, dont forget about my new book "The Green and Virtual Data Center" (CRC) that provides real-world insight in addressing best practices, as well as server, software, storage, networking, and facilities issues concerning any current or next-generation virtual data center that relies on underlying physical infrastructures.

Some of the topics covered include -

Energy as well as data footprint reduction

Cloud-based storage and computing

Intelligent and adaptive power management

Server, storage, and networking virtualization

Tiered servers; storage, network, and data centers

Energy avoidance and energy efficiency

Many technologies exist now, and others are emerging, that can enable a green and efficient virtual data center to support and sustain business growth with reasonable return on investment. This book presents virtually all critical IT technologies and techniques, examining the interdependencies that need to be supported to enable a dynamic, energy-efficient, economical, and environmental-friendly green IT data center.

The book is available at Amazon, B&N, Borders, CRC and many other venues around the world. Learn more at

Cheers - gs

Greg Schulz - Founder StorageIO

Author "The Green and Virtual Data Center" (CRC)


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