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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007 issue of Continuous data protection (CDP) and the future of backup
IT power consumption is getting more attention these days. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's report to Congress in early August stated that the amount of energy consumed by servers and data centers, including storage, has doubled in the last five years, is expected to double again in the next five years and will cost $7.4 billion annually. So it's clear why nonprofit organizations such as The Green Grid--a consortium of IT firms promoting energy efficiency through user-centric metrics, standards development and best practices--are trying to measure data center power usage. Still, storage-specific metrics remain elusive. "I don't know of an organization that's been formed that's storage specific," says Rick Nicholson, VP of research at Energy Insights, an IDC company, Framingham, MA. "They're all tending to focus on either ... metrics for the entire data center or they tend to be fairly server-centric." Reps from The Green Grid claim to have storage-specific initiatives on their long-term roadmap but declined to discuss it further. Other groups ... Access >>>
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