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Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007

Storage rethinks power strategies

Storage power consumption has gotten short shrift compared to the server side of the data center--even from storage users themselves. "[Power consumption's] probably two or three down the list for most customers," says Greg Nightingale, manager of enterprise storage at Sirius Computer Solutions in San Antonio. "There's always some other overriding need, such as improving backups ... or improving performance." In fact, many users realize energy cost savings almost by accident. Seth Sladek, senior systems engineer at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA, deployed one 3PAR InServ S800 storage server in July 2005 and another last spring to store roughly 25TB of data. Sladek's data center was filling up fast, and he felt thin provisioning would help him conserve space. But regarding power consumption, "I'd have to say that, honestly, I wasn't thinking about that per se," he says. Working with 3PAR, Sladek calculated he would have had to purchase, and consequently power and cool, 65 disk drives if he hadn't deployed the S800s. "...

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Features in this issue

  • Negotiating for support

    Over a period of just a few years, the amount you spend on support contracts could equal or even exceed the price of the product itself. But storage support contracts are usually optional, and both the extent of coverage and its cost are definitely negotiable. A little hard bargaining and creativity, along with the leverage of seeking maintenance from a third-party support company, can go a long way toward knocking down your support costs.

  • More laptop backup options

  • Storage managers in control

    For the first time in five years, the amount of capacity storage managers plan to add this year dropped, according to the results of Storage magazine's latest Purchasing Intentions Survey. To be sure, the decrease was more of a sign that relief may be on the way for storage managers who have spent the last few years trying to keep up with runaway storage growth.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Protecting SharePoint data

    SharePoint's collaboration framework is gaining in popularity, but it has a number of data protection challenges that can result in significant levels of complexity rather quickly. Storage and data protection groups must work with application teams to plan an effective data protection strategy.