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Vol. 7 No. 8 October 2008

Storage Bin 2.0 The color of money

Green data centers are a noble idea. But saving greenbacks can make you a hero. YOU'RE FINALLY FEELING a bit guilty about that carbon footprint of yours, aren't you? If you're like me, you try to do little things to help out, yet doing the right thing can be incredibly frustrating. So instead you do what I do. You give it your best shot and go to bed feeling like it's all of the other people on the planet who are screwing things up. When I'm at home, I recycle. I take painstaking (almost militaristic, if you were to ask my family) measures to make sure all things cardboard or paper wind up in the proper recycling bin. I do the same with bottles and cans, and a number of wine bottles that seem to multiply on their own. I lug bin upon bin of these items out to the curb, feeling as though I must be doing something right, even if those bins sit next to three enormous, embarrassing barrels of waste. I leave for work with the feeling that I've done something to help the environment, only to return to find half of the cardboard sitting...

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Features in this issue

  • Are solid-state disks ready for the enterprise?

  • Green spin cycle

  • Second-generation CDP

    Continuous data protection (CDP) received lots of attention but garnered few takers as a standalone product. Since then, the technology has been incorporated into data protection products and its role is now likely to expand. In addition, rapid data growth and shrinking backup windows are two of the trends that support the increased adoption of CDP.

  • Solid-state distinctions emerge

  • Economy and capacity at odds

    With fewer bucks in the budget, storage managers are facing some constraints in dealing with growing storage capacities. But, according to Storage magazine's Purchasing Intentions survey, they're responding by earmarking some of those dollars to newer technologies like data deduplication that will help them cope with burgeoning data stores.

  • The green storage gap

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Storage departments are trying energy-saving technologies, but measuring ROI is still a challenge. Some storage administrators are plugging vendor-supplied product power consumption numbers into so-called green calculators, but it's no easy task as there are inconsistencies in how each vendor presents its product's power requirements.

  • Storage for high-performance computing

    by  Deni Connor

    The storage and server cluster installed at The University of Texas at Austin is a lesson in how to do high-performance computing (HPC). Storage requirements for HPC go beyond massive capacity and include the use of high-performance file systems.

  • Ask the Experts

    Where and when should we use data dedupe for remote-office backups?

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Why you can't go it alone

    by  Ashish Nadkarni

    Most IT departments are split into islands of expertise, like storage, servers and networks. But the time is coming when those disparate groups will have to learn to work together. Network consolidation is just one of the technologies forcing storage pros to build stronger interdisciplinary IT teams.