Ten ways to save money and lower data center energy consumption


As SSD costs fall, stock in flash storage rises

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Once solid-state drive (SSD) costs come down a bit more, flash storage will be a way for data center managers to cut overall costs by reducing the power needed to spin hard drive disk platters and the energy required to keep those hard drives cool. It's estimated that a watt of compute power requires between 0.5 watt and 1 watt to cool the system. Depending on your business needs, the benefits may or may not outweigh the current price point of enterprise-grade SSDs.

In addition to cost, there are situations where SSDs might not be the best fit, such as the type of data access required, specific virtual environments and the wrong kind of SSD for your applications. On the other hand, flash storage reduces cooling, power costs and saves space while speeding up processing of database functions. For some enterprises, the boost in performance coupled with lower energy costs may tip the scales in favor of SSD.

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