October 29, 2010 – Energy costs for the world’s data storage systems will level off in the coming years but then spike again because of ever expanding capacity needs, according to analysis from research firm International Data Corporation.

Calling it a “temporary plateau,” IDC researchers predict that the price of cooling enterprise storage systems will flatten around 2013 or 2014. After that, costs are expected to go back up after one-time savings and output reductions are bypassed by the growing amount of data. The estimate was part of a follow-up to a previous report on energy costs for data storage systems in light of the economic crisis that began in 2008.   

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