Apple poaches eBay data center guru – The Register
Impressed with the greenmindedness of Olivier Sanche, Dave green data center Ohara believes he is “the absolute right guy for Apple at the right time.” But part of him is little wistful. “I am sad in some ways,” he says, “as eBay has been quite open to discuss its data center practices.”
The current economic realities have shifted IT’s focus modestly from green IT to cost savings. But there remains an ultimate, if utopian, goal associated with accomplishing both at once. A properly functioning virtual environment constantly reduces, reuses and recycles, which serves to drive the cost savings associated with virtualization. But many companies do not have an active virtual recycling program in place.
Dell expects to rake in an estimated $5.8 million in annual savings as a result of energy efficiency measures that range from PC power-downs and simplifying IT to retrofitting facilities and setting green building standards for all new company-owned sites.
Wine.com, an online retailer, switched to H.P. using SSDs from Fusion-io and has never looked back. “We have an incredible holiday volume spike. We’re shipping 20,000 orders a day,” said Geoffrey Smalling, the chief technology officer at Wine.com. Before using SSDs, it took four minutes to post a batch of 100 invoices. “After Fusion-io, it was 10 seconds. It was the first time that every night we were able to post everything from order to invoice to general ledger,” he said. Over all, the upgrade resulted in a 400 percent improvement in speed, according to Mr. Smalling.
SNIA makes case for green storage – DatacenterDynamics
Companies that own and operate data centers are not alone in their desire to reduce their energy use. Utilities will provide significant rebates to companies that deploy solutions that increase their energy efficiency and environmentally conscious regulators work with industry groups – such as SNIA, the Green Grid and the Uptime Institute – to draft legislation that will reward firms that seek out more efficient solutions and punish those that do not.
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