A well-known social commentator once lamented on national TV that its not easy being green. For IT managers charged with implementing data center strategies that are more eco-friendly, the response might well be, no kidding. Turning a data center from inefficient to environmentally friendly requires a fundamental shift in the way corporate IT personnel think about data, the storage of information and the systems used to process the information.
To transform a data center to one that is environmentally friendly will likely require new capital investments along with a review and thorough understanding of the total cost of data stored by the company. By understanding data, how and why it is used and determining when it can be moved to lower-cost data storage options, IT managers will begin to understand the overall the impact on corporate costs.
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