AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Doing more with less is standard operating procedure for IT staffs today. Tight budget restrictions have resulted in IT managers examining every avenue for cost control with special attention to putting a clamp on highly variable operational costs.
According to Gartner Inc., spiraling energy expenses are the prime culprit in rising costs for data center operations, accounting for more than 12 percent of total data center spending and representing the fastest growing and largest variable cost.
The computer industry is cognizant of the energy challenges and has responded with new power-efficient processors and other components. Getting a grip on energy costs goes well beyond new hardware expenditures and requires robust power management technology.
In a report to Congress the Environmental Protection Agency found that a state-of-the-art data center that incorporated power management of servers and storage could contribute to an 80 percent improvement in energy efficiency.
Caringo is the first and only object storage provider to integrate configurable power management technology, Darkive(TM), into its CAStor(TM) software. Darkive is adaptive power conservation technology that takes advantage of Caringo’s robust and high performance object storage architecture. This allows system administrators to easily set usage based parameters for spin down of disks and CPU utilization per server via a web-based management console. Once set, the system automatically enforces power conservation by spinning down disks and stepping down CPUs based on utilization curves. For optimal energy efficiency, a subset of servers can be designated as archival nodes and Darkive will spin up each disk individually when it is needed, fill it and then spin it down thus minimizing power utilization.
Darkive adds another dimension to power conservation by leveraging CAStor’s Single Tier ILM technology. Any node in a CAStor cluster can serve any role, eliminating the need to migrate content across different tiers. All CAStor nodes are fast enough to provide primary storage and – with Darkive – efficient enough to use as archival storage, providing customers with Porsche-class performance and Prius-class power consumption in the same storage system.
In addition to its impact in controlling OPEX costs, Darkive also delivers significant CAPEX savings by extending the life of older servers and storage and dynamically repurposing hardware. As the cluster expands with new, more energy-efficient servers, older hardware can be designated as archive nodes. Unlike RAID systems, with CAStor, nearly 100 percent of the capacity of any new drive is utilized and instantly provisioned, regardless of the size of other drives in the node.
Energy issues are going to continue to be the biggest challenge for organizations in the foreseeable future. As data sets grow, IT administrators will need to make tough choices on how to apply expensive energy resources and what data needs to remain available. Darkive now provides an innovative way to keep all data available while staying within energy utilization limits and reducing energy costs – automatically.
Caringo is the global leader in object storage solutions and developer of CAStor – software that enables massive scalability and future-proof accessibility of unstructured data. The company’s field-proven technology utilizes commodity hardware to build robust and boundless storage solutions accessible via HTTP and integrated into market leading data management applications from CommVault and Veritas, among many others. CAStor enables cloud storage solutions, big data repositories and general storage infrastructure replacing NAS, tape and VTL. Companies of all sizes can now avoid vendor lock-in, reduce costs, and guarantee data accessibility for decades to come. Caringo has over 400 customers ranging from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies.
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