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Power-smart disk systems
This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 2 April 2009 issue of Storage magazine
Disk drive systems use more power than just about any other data center gear, but storage vendors are addressing this problem with a variety of technologies. By Matt Perkins Last fall, Adaptec Inc. kicked off its Green Power Initiative by introducing a new capability for many of its RAID controllers called Intelligent Power Management. The product was made available with the company's Series 5 and Series 2 Unified Serial RAID controllers, and was designed to help configure storage systems to reduce power consumption by up to 70% without forfeiting performance. "What we decided to do was to address the whole storage package," said Suresh Panikar, director of worldwide marketing at Adaptec. "Our initiative said that from now on our products will have a flavor of power management." Storage administrators can configure banks of drives to operate at different power levels at different times, and set the drives to spin up and down according to usage patterns. Adaptec is one of several storage providers eyeing green initiatives in the ...
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