NetApp Joins Newly Formed SNIA Green Storage Initiative
Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 15, 2007 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of
storage and data management solutions, today announced the company
has joined the newly created Storage Networking Industry
Association (SNIA) Green Storage Initiative, which is dedicated to
advancing energy efficiency and conservation in all networked
storage technologies in an effort to minimize the environmental
impact of data storage operations.
With more than 15 storage vendors as members,
the Initiative's scope of work will span all shared storage
technologies, including disk and tape systems, server connectivity,
storage appliances, fabrics and other storage network
infrastructure, file services, and storage applications. Activities
will initially include the development of tutorials and educational
material, white papers, and best practices for energy-efficient
data center storage operations. The Initiative will also act as the
SNIA liaison to other allied organizations such as the Green Grid
Consortium and the EPA to collaborate on the development of more
environmentally friendly data center solutions.
For its part, NetApp will contribute its
knowledge, expertise, and best practices for deploying leading-edge
data management techniques to reduce data center power consumption.
The NetApp technology approach to halting power growth is to
provide solutions that reduce raw storage and improve storage
utilization to enable customers to do more with the storage systems
already in their IT environments. This approach not only helps IT
organizations achieve greater energy efficiency, but also lower
infrastructure complexity and costs while enabling customers to
better respond to new business demands.
In addition, NetApp is a member of the SNIA
Green Technical Working Group, which is focused on the development
of metrics to measure and test against the energy consumption of
data center storage. NetApp involvement in various industry
organizations and consortiums, including the Green Grid Consortium,
demonstrates the company's commitment to helping customers
implement real, achievable data management techniques to reduce
power, space, and cooling in the data center.
"Storage industry collaboration and
cooperation will be an important aspect of effectively addressing
the growing issue of data center power consumption," said David
Dale, director, Industry Standards, NetApp. "NetApp has been very
involved in helping our customers achieve greater energy efficiency
in their data centers. Continued dialogue across the industry, as
well as with government organizations such as the EPA, will play a
vital role in developing best practices for improving energy
efficiency that customers can put into action."
As noted in the recent EPA "Report to Congress
on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency," increased demand for
and investment in critical business applications and functions,
disaster recovery, and applications for regulatory demands are
driving the demand for large amounts of data storage in data
centers. The EPA notes that the number of installed enterprise hard
disk drive storage devices is expected to nearly quadruple from
2004 to 2010.
To solve this thirst for more data, many
enterprises simply add more storage equipment, leading to greater
power, space, and cooling requirements in the data center as well
as severely underused capacity. Improving storage utilization and
optimization enables enterprises to attack power consumption at one
of its major sources. NetApp IT, for example, undertook a storage
consolidation project to better utilize its storage capacity. As a
result, NetApp reduced its storage equipment and increased storage
utilization to an average of 60%, cutting its storage footprint by
75%, eliminating 94 tons of air conditioning, and reducing
electricity costs by almost $60,000 a year.
"We have the leadership and expertise to
provide valuable input to customers, industry, and government
alike," continued Dale. "The EPA recently recognized our innovative
use of distributed generation (DG) and a combined heat and power
(CHP) system, stating that innovative uses of power are among the
ways that data center operators can reduce energy usage and costs.
We are certainly trying to do our part in helping enterprises,
vendors, and government organizations understand how storage and
data center design can have a big impact on energy usage, as well
as share best practices to replicate in data centers around the
world to save energy and reduce power."
For more information about the NetApp approach
to addressing power consumption, please visit
Further details can also be found via NetApp TechTalk Online
and a podcast with Chris Bennett, who shares key recommendations on
how improving storage utilization can help customers address power
consumption in the data center.
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