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Published: 01 Nov 2012

If companies needed another reason to get going with storage virtualization, here it is: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced in November it's offering rebates to companies that implement virtualization in their IT departments. And while the announcement seemed to indicate the utility was concentrating on server projects, storage virtualization can be eligible for the rebate as well. "Any virtualization effort that results in energy savings is eligible [for the rebate], regardless of platform or software," says Mark Brantiff, supervisor of the high-tech segment of the customer energy-efficiency program at PG&E. The key, he says, is that companies must apply for the incentive before starting the work. That step is critical; the incentive can't be paid if the application is submitted after virtualization is up and running because the savings can't be assessed. Storage virtualization is one of the top recommendations made by vendors and analysts for reducing power and cooling costs, and keeping the storage footprint as small as possible. Putting ... Access >>>

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