Storage Best Practices for Energy Efficiency

Wayne M. Adams, Chairman, SNIA Board of Directors
Is your storage infrastructure as energy efficient as it can be? Learn about common industry best practices and technologies such as thin provisioning, data deduplication, compression and storage-tiering to reduce energy consumption. Understand the SNIA Emerald Specification and Program for energy metrics when selecting new storage solutions.
Apr 26 2012
48 mins
Storage Best Practices for Energy Efficiency
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Best practices for achieving an efficient data center
With today’s pressures on lowering our carbon footprint and cost constraints within organizations, IT departments are increasingly in the front line to formulate and enact an IT strategy that greatly improves energy efficiency and the overall performance of data centers.

This channel will cover the strategic issues on ‘going green’ as well as practical tips and techniques for busy IT professionals to manage their data centers. Channel discussion topics will include:
- Data center efficiency, monitoring and infrastructure management;
- Data center design, facilities management and convergence;
- Cooling technologies and thermal management
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