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DoE Issues Green Storage Warning

Top US government official warns vendors to get their green act together

NEW YORK CITY -- The United Nations -- Storage and server vendors must start delivering on their promises of "green" technology, according to Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Delivering the keynote at the IT Infrastructure Conference on Climate Change Tuesday, the official warned that efforts to develop green technology have been more talk than substance. "We have dwelt on the area of problem identification for a very long time," he said. "The time for action is upon us."

Recent months have seen several announcements from vendors including HDS, IBM, EMC, and Copan in areas such as power and cooling, but Karsner feels that much more work needs to be done.

In particular, the official highlighted the vast amounts of energy wasted through expensive cooling systems, with users pumping air inefficiently around their server and storage racks.

"What would happen if you did something simple like have the air outlets in one direction?" he asked. "What would happen if we had more standardization?"

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