The task of virtualizing NMCI’s network fell to Hewlett-Packard’s EDS subsidiary, which has managed the system for the Navy since 2001. EDS has thus far consolidated 2,000 of the Navy’s 4,500 x86 servers down to 300, each hosting multiple EMC VMware ESX virtual machines. The servers are Dell PowerEdge R900 blades, designed to host multiple VMs. They boast 32GB of memory, six network connections, and six host bus adapters for storage traffic.
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The research company recognized that thousands of companies were involved in various aspects of the collection, treatment and marketing of retired IT assets, but that the young ITAD (IT asset disposal) industry needed a set of standards–particularly as enterprises, looking for third parties to help them phase out old hardware, face government regulations, fear of data breaches and environmental concerns.
IDC decided to launch its own certification process and identified more than 50 variables–concerning areas of risk, the environment, cost, operation and outcome–that represent a checklist for best practices and help enterprises to navigate the ITAD industry.
The Ceres report acknowledged Apple’s efforts to remove toxic chemicals from its products, but knocked the company for not releasing more details about its “carbon footprint,” the amount of greenhouse gases that it generates in regular operations. The companies that scored higher in the study “choose to make public an overall emissions footprint for their operation,” says research analyst Megan Good, one of the report’s authors, “and Apple hasn’t done that.” In addition, Apple hadn’t set up a specific executive committee or a task force to address climate issues, which many of those other companies have done.
1. Reduce the amount of data kept in online storage. Online disks spin around the clock, and they need to be cooled. Disks may be full of multiple data copies or ancient files that are rarely opened. Archive historical files to off-line media for storage in the data center.