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Published: 30 Oct 2012

This July, storage manufacturers wishing to sell their products in European Union (EU) member countries will need to stop using substances harmful to humans or the environment, and ensure that their products can be properly recycled. European Directive 2002/95/EC for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) prohibits or limits the use of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. Of those, lead is the most prevalent in storage systems, used for soldering circuit boards. The European Directive 2002/96/EC for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), meanwhile, requires manufacturers to finance the recycling of electronic equipment. Some new environmentally friendly storage products are starting to emerge ahead of the July 1 deadline. For example, Dot Hill's new SANnet II U320, a SCSI U320 RAID array, is 100% RoHS- and WEEE-compliant, while older products are being reengineered to meet the standard, says Shaun Walsh, director of marketing at Dot Hill, which... Access >>>

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