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Its Not Easy Being Green

Written by  DICK BENTON January 6, 2009

As Kermit’s whimsical ballad explained, green isn’t as easy as we might have thought. The complexities and traumas of virtualization and consolidation of the production environment do indeed provide “green” savings. However, there is another significant opportunity for green savings with significantly less production impact. Data protection media is the oft neglected child of operations. Conventional backup operations produce anywhere from 10 to 200 or more tapes every evening. Typical default policies result in some recycling. However these typical policies also tend to include long-term retention of monthly, quarterly, or yearly backup copies, often for periods of seven years to forever. The net result can be an offsite archive of tens of thousands of forgotten tapes that languishes unseen, unrecognized, and often forgotten year after year after year. Each tape consumes its own carbon footprint that includes not only manufacturing but also subsequent green impact in transportation, power and cooling,


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