REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS - HOW LTO TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP SAVE ENERGY!In this BlogBytes we will take a close look at energy consumption and what you can do to curb the power drain with a little help from LTO technology.
THE BIG CHALLENGE
The reduction of carbon emissions has been a worldwide challenge for most industries. As noted in a recent paper by Brad Johns Consulting LLC, Reducing Data Center Energy Consumption and Carbon Emissions with Modern Tape Storage, “Many companies have decided they must incorporate carbon reductions into their strategies and have announced green initiatives.
Researchers estimate that data centers consume 1.8% of all electricity in the United States. Studies also estimate storage systems incorporating hard disk drives consume approximately 19% of the total power within the data centers. Industry analysts estimate that 60% of the data stored on disk storage is infrequently accessed.” Therefore, the assumptive strategy is to move the infrequently accessed or cold data, to the lowest energy consuming storage repository. We will discuss more on that later.
THREE STEPS TO HELP ADDRESS THIS THREAT
- Further strengthening and promotion of efficiency standards such as Energy Star for servers, storage, and network devices while requiring such certifications in public IT procurement programs
- Investment in new technologies is needed to manage future energy demand growth in the cleanest manner possible once current efficiency trends reach their feasible limits
- Much greater public data and modeling capacities are required for understanding and monitoring data center energy use and its drivers and for designing and evaluating effective policies
REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS AND TCO
Tape storage can help support those key areas. In his paper, Brad Johns used the LTO Total Cost of Ownership tool to explain that:
“by moving 10 PB of cold data that is growing 35% annually from disk to tape storage, an [estimated] 87% reduction in carbon emission and an 86% reduction in TCO can be achieved over ten years. IT organizations have a significant opportunity to achieve meaningful carbon emission reductions while lowering operational and capital expenses.”