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DoE Issues Green Storage Warning

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

Last week a study by Symantec revealed that most Global 2000 companies are struggling to build green data centers. The report said energy-efficient technologies typically mean an additional layer of management complexity.

Users have already voiced their concern about shortcomings in storage vendors' energy-saving offerings, emphasizing that IT managers are forced to juggle a number of different technologies.

Despite the work of industry bodies such as the Green Grid, Karsner urged vendors to speed up their roadmaps for developing green technology. "It's not like cars, which take five years [to develop]," he told Byte and Switch, contending that IT vendors can quickly enhance existing products with energy-efficient features.

One vendor that has made a song and dance about green technology is IBM, which recently allocated $1 billion to its environmental efforts. Big Blue outlined a number of new green products here yesterday.

"There's innovation at the atomic level," said Rich Lechner, IBM's vice president of IT optimization, during a panel discussion, explaining that the vendor is currently developing a cooling technology called Airgap, which tackles heat generation at the processor level.

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