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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Storage departments are trying energy-saving technologies, but measuring ROI is still a challenge. BEFORE THE GREEN movement--before the IT industry was consumed with data center footprint designs, creative cooling techniques and granular metrics like the number of watts per enclosure per I/O--Nick Daffan had a storage problem. Daffan, principal at Argus Information & Advisory Services LLC in White Plains, NY, watched his firm's storage needs skyrocket a few years ago. More customers, more reports and more precise computations were all fueling storage growth at Argus, which provides quantitative data to financial institutions for risk assessment and marketing purposes. Daffan would love to say that energy conservation topped his list of concerns when shopping for a new storage system. However, he admits, his primary motivation was less noble: His hardware lease was due to expire and his No. 1 priority when evaluating vendors was performance and how much the system cost, not power use. "It was before the energy crisis had spiked. We needed scalability and the... Access >>>

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