Storage giant EMC this week became the latest vendor to launch a new consultancy service and online toolset designed to help IT departments drive down their energy consumption.
The company said the new Energy Efficiency Services would see EMC consultants evaluate customer's datacentre workloads, configurations and cooling requirements right across the server and storage infrastructure and then develop a plan for optimising performance and energy efficiency through consolidation, virtualisation and storage tiering strategies.
The new service follows the launch of similar energy efficiency consultancy offerings from rival hardware firms such as IBM and HP. However, Mark Greenlaw, senior director of marketing for EMC's Celerra product line, said that the company would be offering a broader consultancy service than many of the rival offerings which he argued were primarily focused on server consolidation and new cooling technologies. "[EMC subsidiary] VMware's virtualisation capabilities mean we can offer a lot of support around server consolidation," he argued. "But we also offer a full end-to-end service looking at areas like storage as well."
Separately, the vendor unveiled a new online tool for more accurately calculating the energy consumption and cooling requirements of its Symmetrix DMX-3, CLARiiON CX3 UltraScale and Celerra networked storage systems.
"One of the big problems with driving down energy use in the datacentre is that when you look at spec sheets they only tell you the provisioning you need when the machine is at peak load," explained Greenlaw. "Therefore firms tend to over provision the power to each device and over cool them as well."
He said that the new tool would allow datacentre managers to in put the actual configurations they are using for the machine and it will calculate the precise energy and cooling requirements it requires.
"Many firms are using a storage device that can hold 500 disk drives and they may have only 200 disks in it," added Greenlaw. "But they'll still be working off the power requirements on the spec sheet and over cooling the machine."
The company said the new tool will be made available free of charge to all EMC customers and prospects.
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