Storage Optimization Tools Key to Green Savings

Patrick Avery

IT Business Edge contributor Arthur Cole recently spoke with Gary Watson, the chief technology officer for Nexsan, about getting better savings out of storage. Watson said:


With approximately 40 percent of all power consumed by servers and 30 percent by storage, optimization of the storage environment can drive considerable energy savings.


The Knowledge Network provides a number of documents and tools that focus on green technology and energy savings. This Tiered Storage Savings Calculator gives users a quick approximation of the savings opportunity in switching from current storage deployment to a more rigorous tiered approach.


The Green Data Center Calculator - Comatose crunches the numbers from decommissioning "comatose" servers -- tracking down and turning off servers no longer performing useful work.


And for a broader view, take a look at this Green Data Center Energy-Efficiency Checklist. It covers areas that are most likely draining energy and are in need of attention.


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