You are in: Articles / Server Administration / Green your data center by deploying shared storage with the right features
 
 
 

Green your data center by deploying shared storage with the right features

(Scott Lowe, TechRepublic) With companies doing everything possible to conserve cash, conserving power has quickly become an important part of the IT portfolio. No longer is physical server sprawl an option; in terms of both hardware acquisition costs and ongoing energy and cooling costs, the “throw hardware at the problem” crowd is being replaced by people that attempt to virtualize everything and do everything possible to keep that energy bill low.

The right storage solution in the data center works directly toward the green goal, particularly when the storage solution sports the right feature set. Allow me to explain.

The disk shelves themselves
Shared storage itself in the form of a SAN can help organizations reduce their carbon footprint by using less electricity. Consider this: Historically, before the days of virtualization, organizations often purchased physical servers that were built for long-term use. As such, that initial server configuration was more than likely to be overkill for the originally intended solution. That over-engineering generally included the number of disks housed in the server. After all, even though a server was being purchased for a specific task, who knew exactly what would be required in the future?

The result: In general, physical x86-based servers were horribly underutilized, both from a storage and processing perspective. Even though the server wasn’t running at full capacity, it still required power to run all of the processors originally specified as well as the disk spindles originally included with the unit.

 
 
|
|
Rating: 12345
 
Leave a comment



Note: all fields marked with (*) are required
Comments (0)
 
Close send to email window
 



Verification code

Already a member?
Blacklist monitoring alerts
sign up Signup for our real-time monitoring service and receive email notifications each time one of your IPs gets blacklisted.
Free Signup
Mail Server Operating System Poll
.01

What OS do you use for your email server?
Linux
Windows
Other
disabled next
.02

How many mailboxes do you currently manage?
1-50
51-300
300+
previous next
.03

Would you like to comment upon the choosing of this particular OS?

previous
 
DNS Tools
Get IP status, owner and location, obtain its corresponding hostname or check specific ports.
Ping Statistics
Reverse DNS Lookup
Whois Info (IP owner)
GeoIP Information
Check Port
Open Relay Test
Test if your mail server is an open relay for spammers.
Blacklist Checker
Check if your IP is listed in DNS based email blacklists (DNSBL)