How software defined storage saved the planet

  • IBM

Unpopular as it may seem, electric cars are currently charged using only 5% electricity derived from renewable energy. Additionally, governments are still uncertain how to dispose of the unrecyclable batteries that these car produce. Now, I’m not suggesting that electric cars are a bad idea for the environment, but the idea they provide an instant solution to our insatiable consumption of power is not a complete picture.

Back in 2005 investment started to pour into Data Centre technology vendors. The age of Cloud computing was here. Along with it came the promise of less emission nastiness, lower costs and the usual mêlée of promises new tech ideas tend to come with.

Just like electric cars, the dawn of the data centre coincided with the emergence of Big Data, IoT and AI. All counteracting the sustainable, greener company opportunity. Given the increase in data consumption it looks likely that this trend for more energy, more computing power, more storage is set to rise.

But wait. Good news. Software defined storage is having a real impact on computing power consumption. In real cases this new approach to server configuration and infrastructure architecture is reducing power consumption by 95%, creating real sustainability for those that employ it. With increased pressure from investors and consumers for Brands to take their environmental impact more seriously, Software defined Storage could offer a real breakthrough in data centre power consumption and demonstrate a company’s commitment to their CSR position.

As the trend for data consumption is set to grow exponentially over the next 10 years, as the need for AI increases, software defined storage could significantly reduce costs and help responsible organisations demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Pleasing both investors and consumers.

There’s additional benefits to software defined storage architecture. Typically it uses less rack space in a data centre which provides significant reductions in annual hosting costs. It’s also proven to be more resilient and robust. So if the environmental benefits can’t sway you to investigate further, maybe the cost benefits can.

If you’d like to talk to an experienced infrastructure architect about how your network could benefit from Software defined storage call us today.