Six Tips For Green (and Greenwash-Free) Data Center Storage – Reuters/GreenBiz
Four billion dollars is spent every year on data center energy consumption and this number will only continue to climb. The type of data growth is also a contributing cost factor; mission critical data is growing in the enterprise environment. This means companies are buying more expensive energy hungry equipment to provide needed fast access and redundancy at both the server and storage level.
This morning IBM detailed a bit more about how it’s acting as a sort of glue between utilities and third-party smart grid vendors, with the announcement of new software called “Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities Framework (SAFE).”
Pillar kicks Intel’s SSD to the curb, upgrades storage array – Computerworld
Bob Maness, Pillar’s vice president of worldwide marketing and channel sales, said the company decided to go with STEC’s Mach8 SATA SSD because it proved to have better performance in the array. Intel’s X25-E, which has had firmware problems in the past, causes operational timeouts, Maness said.
One data storage appliance startup, Ashaway, R.I.-based GreenBytes, stepped onto the scene in earnest this week by announcing that it had scored $8 million in Series A funding from Battery Ventures to coincide with the debut of the company’s GB-X storage appliances. The new storage systems, the GB-2000 and GB-4000, provide on-the-fly, data de-duplication services for active and just-created data, as well as backup and archived data.
On the far right, you can see one of those: a back door heat exchanger designed for its high-end iDataplex server system. Called Cool Blue, the system circulates cold water through the door to lower the temperature of the heat coming from servers’ fans.