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ONStor Green Data Center Survey Reveals 63 Percent of Organizations Have Run Out of Space, Power, or Cooling Capacity Without Warning
Sep 18, 2007 (06:09 AM EDT)


CAMPBELL, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- ONStor, Inc., the leading provider of scalable clustered NAS solutions for the enterprise, today announced results from an independent survey of 369 IT decision makers regarding the status of the "greening" of their data centers. Sixty-three percent of the respondents reported that their data center had run out of space, power or cooling capacity without warning. Another alarming statistic was that although the power consumption of an enterprise's data center is massive, 40 percent of respondents have not discussed a green initiative within their company; 60 percent reported that they had a green initiative in place, would have one in place in the next two years, or had at least talked about it with management.

"We know from conversations with our customers that data center power consumption amidst the exorbitant growth of data is a key concern for CIOs and other IT professionals," said Bob Miller, ONStor CEO. "What we find most interesting from this survey is how many executives aren't implementing solutions to address these challenges. There's a disconnect between having an awareness of the need to lower power consumption in the data center and doing something about it. At ONStor, we're committed to help our customers change that by offering highly scalable, energy-efficient solutions that offer tremendous ROI of 50 to 90 percent cost savings over traditional file storage solutions."

Other significant results from the survey: -- At their current data growth rate, 43 percent of respondents could stay in their current infrastructure for only six months to one year if they changed nothing -- 24 percent reported that the cost and time of building another data center is the most serious issue driving the reduction of data infrastructure power consumption -- Nearly 40 percent would go green if doing so resulted in 20-50 percent cost savings -- More than one third would go green for 10-20 percent cost savings -- Half of respondents favor service-level agreements (SLAs) and chargebacks to IT disciplines for power and capacity consumption, but only half of them either have implemented these policies or know they will be doing so -- 11 percent report interest in creating a chief energy officer position in their organization

"We are seeing power and cooling consumptions becoming a priority in the data center," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "There are a number of storage technologies we've identified that help to address these issues. ONStor supports two important ones including thin provisioning and intelligent tiering. Additionally, they are a great platform to drive file server consolidation, which is a key enabler for reducing power and cooling consumption."

According to a recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency, the IT industry consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours in 2006, -- about 1.5 percent of the total electricity consumed in the United States -- at a cost of about $4.5 billion, and power consumption in the industry could nearly double by 2011.

ONStor's NAS products offer file server consolidation, thin provisioning, and storage tiering, and are extremely energy efficient -- all important factors for achieving a greener data center. Since ONStor's inception, the company has been at the forefront of designing and optimizing its hardware platform for energy efficiency. In fact, the company's clustered NAS system's power management units run on 160 watts -- less than half of the industry standard.

About ONStor

ONStor drives down the cost of storage management by delivering scalable clustered NAS that saves enterprises 50 percent on total cost of ownership with systems that let customers start small and scale massively as their requirements grow. ONStor's award-winning Pantera Clustered NAS Systems and Bobcat NAS Gateways consolidate information from multiple Windows, UNIX and Linux devices into a single, highly scalable file storage environment. The open storage architecture allows existing assets to be leveraged, while integrated file server virtualization enables resources to be redeployed quickly to accommodate changing needs. Proven at hundreds of enterprise customer sites, ONStor delivers the cost-effective approach to scalable storage. More information about ONStor can be found at http://www.onstor.com .

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