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January 15, 2009


Greg Goelz


I agree, and would like to offer one more:

5. Consider integrating Enterprise Flash Drives (EFDs).
In keeping with your “IT Energy Diet” analogy; today’s fastest hard disk drives (15K RPM) are high-calorie, electro-mechanical devices that consume megawatts of power. Many IT managers are forced to “over provision” – deploying 3 to 4 times more HDDs than needed from a capacity perspective – just to meet ever growing I/O performance requirements and consuming extra energy for power and cooling.

Like any successful diet program, it’s not just about cutting back, but rather changing the way you think about what you’re consuming. That’s where Enterprise Flash Drives make all the difference. EFD’s are designed to efficiently deliver high levels of performance and reliability in mission critical, I/O-intensive environments. An EFD’s superior performance and energy efficiency (20,000 IOPS/watt) allow data centers to expand in existing installations while reducing energy needs (by as much as 80%) and TCO.

By combining EFDs with high capacity HDDs, today’s storage racks can be reduced to storage shelves, dramatically reducing power requirements up to 80 percent. With EFDs on the menu, it is realistic to achieve much greater system performance and energy efficiencies.

Greg Goelz
Pliant Technology (www.plianttechnology.com)

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