Industry Perspectives Focus on Efficiency

Efficiency in the data center was the common theme for this week’s Industry Perspectives columns. From increasing your efficiency through more effective storage, monitoring such as eBay’s new monitoring dashboard, selection of the right drives to be more compatible with compute and storage,  consolidation of the data center to the move to use water more efficiently, all the guest articles from industry experts can be used to guide you towards improving efficiency in these aspects of data center operation. Enjoy reading!

Reducing the Storage Footprint & Power Use in Your Data Center – When space is tight and storage costs are mounting, deduplication is a method to squeeze more out of current data center space, according to Eric Bassier of Quantum.

Why eBay’s Digital Service Efficiency Changes the Game – eBay has provided a role model, which is organized around common metric, to optimize the overall effectiveness of IT, and has openly disclosed the metrics and indicators used to do it. This is a step forward in transparency, writes Winston Saunders of Intel.

Six Tips for Selecting HDD and SSD Drives – Today selecting the right drives can be a challenge, says Gary Watson of Nexsan. This article offers six tips for navigating through this complexity to help you pick the right solutions for your needs.

Consolidation: Shrinking Our Way to Data Center 3.0 – Like everything in the IT industry, there is no magic solution to all situations. However, the trend toward shrinking, just-in-time, data center deployments is growing, and becoming a significant option in the arsenal of data center operators, writes Antonio Piraino of ScienceLogic.

Do You Know the Hydro-Footprint Of Your Data Center? – The complex relationship between water and energy use in the data center is outlined in this column by Ron Voukum of JE Dunn and Harold Simmons of United Metal Products.


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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.