Storage Efficiency and Optimization – The Other Green

September 12, 2009 – 11:09 am
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For those of you in the New York City area, I will be presenting live in person at Storage Decisions September 23, 2009 conference The Other Green, Storage Efficiency and Optimization.

Throw out the "green“: buzzword, and you’re still left with the task of saving or maximizing use of space, power, and cooling while stretching available IT dollars to support growth and business sustainability. For some environments the solution may be consolation while others need to maintain quality of service response time, performance and availability necessitating faster, energy efficient technologies to achieve optimization objectives.

To accomplish these and other related issues, you can turn to the cloud, virtualization, intelligent power management, data footprint reduction and data management not to mention various types of tiered storage and performance optimization techniques. The session will look at various techniques and strategies to optimize either on-line active or primary as well as near-line or secondary storage environment during tough economic times, as well as to position for future growth, after all, there is no such thing as a data recession!

Topics, technologies and techniques that will be discussed include among others:

  • Energy efficiency (strategic) vs. energy avoidance (tactical), whats different between them
  • Optimization and the need for speed vs. the need for capacity, finding the right balance
  • Metrics & measurements for management insight, what the industry is doing (or not doing)
  • Tiered storage and tiered access including SSD, FC, SAS, tape, clouds and more
  • Data footprint reduction (archive, compress, dedupe) and thin provision among others
  • Best practices, financial incentives and what you can do today

This is a free event for IT professionals, however space I hear is limited, learn more and register here.

For those interested in broader IT data center and infrastructure optimization, check out the on-going seminar series The Infrastructure Optimization and Planning Best Practices (V2.009) – Doing more with less without sacrificing storage, system or network capabilities Seminar series continues September 22, 2009 with a stop in Chicago. This is also a free Seminar, register and learn more here or here.

Ok, nuff said.

Cheers gs

Greg Schulz – Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier)
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  1. 11 Responses to “Storage Efficiency and Optimization – The Other Green”

  2. Data archiving is a very unique area of storage that requires understanding the value of the data in itself. Archiving data as you’ve mentioned will require a platform that guarantees availability as long as possible, in addition to ease and speedy access whenever required and obviously data integrity. In addition, the archive can actually be converted to a profit center (hello licensing etc). As an example, we have a client that archives seismic data and licenses out content from this archive thereby generating some revenue and exposure of the data for research and educational reasons (also in addition to drawing revenue from the process).
    While Tape based archiving is ubiquitous, tape worked a few decades ago when processes were still very manual and performance wasn’t a requirement. However tapes are never 100% intact. From decytilation /vinegar syndrome, needing to migrate every 5 or so years, the painstakingly slow recall/restoration process, in addition to other issues, tape is a nightmare in this day and age.
    Enter optical storage, speed, capacity, longevity, availability, integrity, compatibility among other benefits has made the optical storage platform king in archiving circles. Especially in multi terabyte environments.
    Alani Kuye
    Phantom Data Systems Inc.

    By Alani Kuye on Oct 24, 2009

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