re: N.Y. Times Data Center Indictment Misses Big Picture
I read with interest the first Cloud Factory article, "Power, Pollution and the Internet," in the New York Times and hope that future entries in their series will delve deeper into the "many ... solutions [that] are readily available" to decrease wasted power, including virtualization, which the author briefly referenced at the end of the story. This disruptive technology is being provided today by several companies to provide "virtual machines" that can do the exact same jobs as their physical counterparts while minimizing the need for additional hardware to run business-critical applications. Implementation of data storage optimization technologies, like deduplication, which removes the need to physically store redundant (or duplicate) data, helps reduce the need for additional storage hardware (i.e. disk drives) and thereby the floor space, power and cooling required for it. The adoption rate of these technologies is soaring because of their positive impact on TCO.
Tom Cook, CEO Permabit Technology Corporation