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Published: 20 Oct 2012

The August launch of a more energy-efficient version of its Centera Generation 4 LP (low power) archiving product has allowed EMC to join the ranks of green IT suppliers. With more and more data being archived online, users are demanding energy-efficient storage. Centera 4 LP's nodes use a smaller dual-core 1.66GHz Intel processor instead of a 2.8GHz Intel processor, and a single-chip chipset vs. a three-chip chipset, resulting in less power draw on the processing side. Each node now consumes 125 watts instead of 250 watts per node, reducing the overall cooling requirements by 50%. The size of the fan and its motor are smaller, meaning the power supply is also smaller, claims Steve Spataro, Centera product marketing manager at EMC. Further, Centera 4 LP nodes support 750GB SATA drives, giving users more storage capacity in the same footprint. The firm claims the system's more efficient architecture, combined with the larger drives, reduces overall node energy consumption by 67% per terabyte. Although this claim hasn't been independently verified, users are ... Access >>>

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