Most people are familiar with the term “cloud” when speaking about data storage, but wouldn’t be able to explain exactly how the cloud works. The cloud is a topic that can produce blank stares and confusion for many, so don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s difficult enough for those in the services industry to keep up with cloud buzz, let alone businesses. Whether you understand the topic or not, the cloud will substantially impact the future of your business.
Some people believe the cloud to be a never ending treasure trove of data with endless capacity. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Widespread adoption of cloud computing is pushing cloud data centers to their electrical and physical limits.
To build 1 sq. foot of a new cloud data center would cost $3,000, consume 11.4 kW hours per year and require $1,357 in power per year. With this amount of cost, the cloud service industry has to embrace new ways to increase efficiency.
How to increase cloud data center efficiency
According to Permabit, there are four key technologies leading to increasing data center efficiency.
In computing, virtualization means to create a virtual version of a resource or device, such as servers, storage, network, or even an operating system. This drives up utilization rates by supporting more workloads per server and is integral to all cloud computing services.
Open Source Software
OSS is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
Over 60% of enterprises will embrace open source and open Application Programming interfaces as its main source of cloud integration strategies.
White Box Hardware
A white box server is a data center computer that is not manufactured by a well-known brand name. These servers can be found in large data centers run by giant companies like Facebook or Google. “White box” merely indicated that the equipment is generic. These servers are typically low-cost and energy-efficient.
A method of reducing data storage needs by eliminating redundant data. For example, a typical email system might contain 100 instances of the same one MB file attachment. If the email platform is archived, all 100 emails will be saved requiring 100 MB of storage. With data reduction, only one instance of the attachment is stored. On average, 75% less storage is achieved with data reduction and can save up to $10 billion in power costs for data centers.
Start with data reduction
Data reduction appeals because the technology works with your existing infrastructure. To get started, check out this infographic from Permabit, which inform you about the cloud storage trends, the available cloud efficiency technologies, and what data reduction can do for your company – and the IT world.