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Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006

Rising power prices inspire energy-efficient storage

WITH THE COST of electricity soaring by 30% to 60% this year, IT managers are looking for ways to put some proverbial air in their storage systems' tires to eke out a few extra miles per gallon from their storage SUVs. EMC, for example, has seen a surge in interest for 500GB disk drives in its Symmetrix DMX platforms, says Bob Wambach, director of EMC Symmetrix product marketing. The reason? A 500GB drive offers 66% more capacity than a 300GB version, but consumes the same power in the same space footprint, he says. The problem is especially pronounced in urban areas like New York City, says Wambach. In some cases, customers tell him, "I can't physically get more power into my data center, but I still need to do more." Indirectly, data growth and users' desires for disk-based data protection are inspiring more power-efficient storage designs. "Our design goal was to put 1,000 disk drives in a single box," says Chris Santilli, chief architect and co-founder at Copan Systems. Copan's solution was the massive array of idle disks (...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtualization: Tales from the trenches

    We profile five companies that have deployed, or are currently testing, storage virtualization and analyze their implementation experiences. The storage pros behind these efforts tell us how the products they chose are working in their production environments.

  • New CAS players avoid hash lock-in

  • A step-by-step approach to data classification

    The most common shortcoming of a data classification project is the perception that it can be completed through technical analysis at the storage layer without engaging business users. While discovering and analyzing storage is part of the process, good classification requires engaging business users or their IT representatives.

  • Automate data recovery

    Policy-based storage management can automate the data recovery process. But you need to know what types of policies various products support, where the policy manager resides and what it's capable of doing.

  • NetApp spins out Ontap GX

  • Data migration: Proceed with caution

    This first of a three-part series on data migration products focuses on host-level data migration products. Data migration apps can automate, centralize and simplify data migrations while ensuring data integrity.

Columns in this issue

  • Getting started with database archiving

    E-mail archiving gets a lot of the attention these days, but databases shouldn't be overlooked. Database administrators end up managing old and unchanging data within their production databases, so backups are constantly protecting data that hasn't changed.

  • Standards efforts undermined

    Standards efforts undermined

  • More than 50% of the time electronic discovery requests aren't satisfied.

    Storage Bin: In the last year, 91% of large corporations have been through an electronic discovery request. Thirty-three percent of these companies go through one or more requests per month, while 66% of midmarket companies have the same issue. And more than 50% of the time, the requests aren't satisfied.

  • How to count the cost of storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    The cost of each gigabyte of storage is declining rapidly in every segment of the market. Enterprise storage today costs what desktop storage did less than a decade ago. So why are overall costs increasing?