Some of the Nation's largest insurers, including Aflac, Allstate and Nationwide, are adopting the latest technologies to build and maintain smaller, more efficient data centers capable of managing greater workloads-and producing big savings.

Insurers' data storage requirements grow incessantly, spurred by an avalanche of customer data, product information, stored documents, PDFs, video files, e-mail and transaction records. All of this information must be stored for years at a time, resulting in huge loads on data centers. The historic solution has been to throw more hardware at the problem, and even build new facilities to accommodate new hardware, driving up costs and resulting in energy-hungry facilities gobbling up increasing levels of real estate.

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