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"We had multiple sites. Our average utilization of DAS was 40%, domain controllers were wasting storage, analysis servers were wasting storage," says Michael Williams, CIO at the project.
The organization embarked on consolidation, virtualization and thin provisioning built around Network Appliance Inc. storage. In the process, it was able to consolidate 10 racks of servers into two racks. Using two deduplicated storage pools, it reduced each of its 150TB pools of provisioned storage to 25TB of physical spinning disks. "Being environmentally friendly is the result of doing efficient systems," says Williams. "We were able to reduce our environmental footprint by a factor of five."
Even if you don't deploy any of these hot technologies this year, you can't avoid them. Green computing, litigation and data privacy are issues that won't go away. Deduplication, NPIV, LTO-4 and ediscovery address these issues. Maybe you won't get hit with a lawsuit, experience a lost backup tape or see energy bills go off the chart in 2008, but eventually you will. And it's comforting to know that there are technologies to help you deal with these issues.
This was first published in December 2007