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Published: 20 Oct 2012

WITH THE COST of electricity soaring by 30% to 60% this year, IT managers are looking for ways to put some proverbial air in their storage systems' tires to eke out a few extra miles per gallon from their storage SUVs. EMC, for example, has seen a surge in interest for 500GB disk drives in its Symmetrix DMX platforms, says Bob Wambach, director of EMC Symmetrix product marketing. The reason? A 500GB drive offers 66% more capacity than a 300GB version, but consumes the same power in the same space footprint, he says. The problem is especially pronounced in urban areas like New York City, says Wambach. In some cases, customers tell him, "I can't physically get more power into my data center, but I still need to do more." Indirectly, data growth and users' desires for disk-based data protection are inspiring more power-efficient storage designs. "Our design goal was to put 1,000 disk drives in a single box," says Chris Santilli, chief architect and co-founder at Copan Systems. Copan's solution was the massive array of idle disks (MAID) architecture, which only ... Access >>>

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