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page greentag IT devices that consume more energy than they need to, and the inefficient management of the storage, in the first place. In fact, both are connected so we’ll explore these together. Control at your fingertips If a device is not managed it will run on full power whether it needs to or not. That means wasted power, increased CO2 emissions and high energy bills. This problem has already been addressed and solved in the consumer market. Customers can use technology to remotely turn on/off heating, for example, when they’re not at home, saving the cost of heating an uninhabited home. Conceptually, a storage array shouldn’t be any different. Why have idle disks on full power 24/7 when they could be managed according to use. By using a management tool and setting automated policies per RAID, rather than across all drives in the storage system, administrators can transition idle disks onto a lower power usage. Removing power from where it’s not needed means more power is available where it is. Take back ups Beyond CO2 for example. By using an automated management tool for back ups, you can limit power usage in between scheduled back up to disk protocols. During an overnight back up, drives operate at full throttle without any performance limitation. The following morning, once back ups are finished, the management tool automatically initiates a power saving setting. Costs saving could be up to 87 per cent. Furthermore, this frees up more energy for other systems that need to do heavy lifting during the day. Output to outage On a continuing practical note, IT departments are looking for storage that does not require more energy (for power and cooling) because there comes a point when the building simply cannot support it. Even if you had money to burn on high energy bills, you don’t want to blow the systems and cause an outage. But, with increasing data storage and accessibility demands, data systems need to pull power – and a lot of it. So, it’s key to find top notch storage performance that won’t burn through resources. IT INFRASTRUCTURE Even if the environment isn’t a concern, or part of a company’s current CSR strategy, there are other reasons to move to more efficient storage. Efficient storage takes up less floor space. As data grows, so will storage requirements. This can max out the physical space an organisation or data centre has very quickly, and can incur costs if the company then needs to rent additional floor space for additional racks of inefficient storage. Ultra dense storage solutions help organisations increase capacity while cutting energy consumption and rack space by up to one third. So, the arguments are pretty strong. Whether it’s for more space, reduced costs or love of the planet, choosing storage solutions that include energy efficiency as an integral component of product design, companies can gain energy and costs savings without losing performance. So as data continues to grow, ensure you have the performance you need without all the w ѕɕͽɍ̸()M=Q]IMIY% L)ܹɥхլ((0