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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Storage systems account for a big chunk of the data center electric bill. Here are some ways to reduce your costs. There's been a flurry of activity among IT vendors to develop energy-efficient storage products and with good reason--the cost of electricity continues to rise in every part of the country. Energy experts' opinions differ on the size of the rate hikes, but one thing remains clear: None of the experts expects the rates to remain the same or decrease. Some even foresee a dire future in which the total cost of powering and cooling a server for four years exceeds what it cost to acquire the server. For some data centers located in metropolitan areas, it's not just the spiraling cost of electrical power that's a concern; availability may be an even greater problem. They simply can't pull any more power off the existing electrical grid. To bring in new hardware, they have to unplug older hardware first, making the migration effort to updated hardware difficult and risky. Cutting the cost of energy Companies concerned about high energy costs are ... Access >>>

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    • Editorial: Backing up garbage

    • Storage Bin: Who ate the backup?

      It's astounding that in this age of technological advancements we still talk about things like backup, let alone agonize over it.

    • Best Practices: Sorting out remote-office backup

      Remote-office data has always been something of a corporate orphan when it came to backup. Once upon a time, "out of sight, out of mind" might have worked, but times have changed. Regulatory compliance, legal liability issues and the cost of producing data for ediscovery make it clear remote data can no longer be ignored.

    • Hot Spots: VMware opens door for next-gen backup apps by Lauren Whitehouse

      Virtualizing servers is becoming standard operating procedure in large and small companies. VMware and similar platforms are transforming data center management through server consolidation and business continuity improvements, but they're "breaking" a few things along the way, including data protection strategies.

    • Storage Bin: Shining the green spotlight on storage

      There's been a lot of hubbub lately about the greening of IT, and it's only going to get worse. Unlike most buzz/noise fronts that come and go, this one didn't start in the marketing department.

    • Editorial: Scramble that data!

    • Best Practices: Pull the plug on high energy costs by Dianne McAdam, Data Mobility Group

      Spiraling energy costs are taking an increasingly big chunk of the data center budget. Data centers are grappling with rising electrical bills and, in some locations, limitations on the amount of available power are forcing IT anagers to rethink their basic processes.

    • Hot Spots: Managing storage in a virtual server world

      Server virtualization is the big data center story, and storage managers need to design their storage systems to take advantage of a virtualized server environment. There are steps you can take now to ensure that your storage systems are up to the task.

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