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Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007

Storage still lacks energy metrics

IT power consumption is getting more attention these days. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's report to Congress in early August stated that the amount of energy consumed by servers and data centers, including storage, has doubled in the last five years, is expected to double again in the next five years and will cost $7.4 billion annually. So it's clear why nonprofit organizations such as The Green Grid--a consortium of IT firms promoting energy efficiency through user-centric metrics, standards development and best practices--are trying to measure data center power usage. Still, storage-specific metrics remain elusive. "I don't know of an organization that's been formed that's storage specific," says Rick Nicholson, VP of research at Energy Insights, an IDC company, Framingham, MA. "They're all tending to focus on either ... metrics for the entire data center or they tend to be fairly server-centric." Reps from The Green Grid claim to have storage-specific initiatives on their long-term roadmap but declined to discuss ...

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Features in this issue

  • Storage still lacks energy metrics

  • Top 10 tips of the summer of 2006

    by Staff

    Storage, security and open source were the front runners in our tally of the Top 10 SMB tips for the summer of 2006.

  • How useful are storage benchmarks?

    Most storage vendors like to tout how well their gear performed on benchmark tests, but the results may not always be as they first appear. The benchmarking process can be easily manipulated because of the large number of variables that influence performance results. To level the playing field, test results need to be categorized by product type, configuration standards need to be defined for each category and vendors must strictly adhere to the configurations.

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin: Leaving you in good hands

    It's time for a changing of the guard for the Storage Bin column. Steve Duplessie, whose witty and perceptive insights have graced Storage magazine from day one, is stepping aside to make room for ESG's Tony Asaro to take up residency on our end page.