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Users Search for Green Storage

Subterranean data centers, MAID, and the power benefits of North Carolina were all high on the agenda at SNW this week as users and vendors described their many different approaches to green IT.

Most of our green initiatives started with cost savings -- it really is just another form of green,” quipped Ed Goldman, vice president of technology strategy at Marriott International, during a keynote on Wednesday.

Marriott nonetheless aims to reduce its carbon emissions by a million tons by 2010, and the exec is constantly looking for new ways to reduce the cost of powering his servers and storage.

”We’re working with all our different vendors to reduce the power requirements of what they use,” said Goldman, adding that he has already reduced the firm’s server count by a third through virtualization.

The exec is also prepared to go to fairly unusual lengths to keep his cooling costs under control.

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