NetApp Drives Data Centre Power Reduction

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 21, 2007

Network Appliance unveils its plan to deploy edge data management techniques, helping customers reduce their data center power consumption.

“While the issue of power consumption is gaining a lot of attention in the server environment, customers now look beyond servers to other major consumers of data center power. Storage is one of them. By focusing on getting increased work out of fewer disks while enabling widespread use of higher capacity and lower power disks, customers can reduce power consumption, “said Chris Bennett, VP, Core Systems, NetApp.

Customers can take advantage of NetApp technology to subtract machines and disks, reduce the overall data center footprint, and maximize storage utilization. NetApp halt’s power growth by providing solutions reducing raw storage, enabling customers to do more with the storage systems already in their IT environments.

This approach not only helps IT organizations achieve greater power efficiency but also lowers infrastructure complexity and costs while enabling customers to better respond to new business demands.

In 2006, NetApp IT undertook a project to consolidate its storage taking advantage of the latest advancements offered by NetApp Data ONTAP 7G and FlexVol technology. The FlexVol technology increased operation flexibility making it much easier to add new volumes or grow or shrink existing volumes to meet changing business demands. This flexibility lowered costs with increased storage utilization from less than 40% to an average of 60%.

As a result, NetApp cut its storage footprint from 25 to six racks and eliminated 94 tons of air conditioning, reducing electricity costs by almost $60,000 a year. Additionally, it realized huge business benefits of reduced complexity through simplified management, reduced risk of data unavailability, and increased flexibility to respond to future IT needs.

“The challenges we faced in our own IT department are the same issues our customers are facing,” continued Bennett. “Consolidating storage attacks the power consumption issue at the source, not to mention dramatically simplifies data management and gets the most out of your storage infrastructure.”