According to Sufian Dweik, Regional Manager at Brocade Communications, there are a few things that a data center manager can do to reduce the cost of operating a data center especially in terms of energy consumption. These aspects become important when one considers the fact that energy costs are some of the highest components of operating expenses. Green storage techniques and best practices can help meet twin goals of reducing energy consumption and high availability of apps and data.
Fabric design, storage virtualization, file system virtualization, data compression, data deduplication, resizable volumes and thin provisioning are 7 such green techniques. Fabric design links servers and storage systems efficiently. Storage virtualization helps in managing multiple storage systems as a single logical pool.
File system virtualization helps in managing remote file data. Data compression and data dedupe help with simplifying fabric design and reducing storage requirements respectively. Variable volumes reduce disk storage footprint. Thin provisioning helps eliminate under use of resources.
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