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Users Grasp Green Storage

LAS VEGAS -- Users at EMC World welcomed the vendors decision to add "spin-down" disks to its DL 4000 disk library, but they are urging the vendor to quickly add the energy-saving technology to its other disk systems.

“The fact that it can spin down and use less power at off-peak times is really important,” said Brian Comp, associate vice president of technology services at Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare , which stores about 100 Tbytes of data on two DL 4000s. “One of our initiatives is to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Although users gave a positive response to the launch of spin-down disks, there were also calls for EMC to bulk up this strategy and offer the technology on other machines.

“They should extend it -- when you start looking at a Clariion with 240 drives, that’s a lot of spindles,” said Stuart Hamling, information systems manager at the Cabinet for Workforce Development, a state government agency in Frankfort, Ky. “It would be nice to see something in the next six months or so.”

The exec explained that, although he does not currently use a DL 4000, his organization uses around a thousand disks split across two Clariions, a Celerra system, and Clariion Disk Libraries (CDLs).

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