Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Wikibon Pushes Power Debate

Industry group Wikibons "Conserve IT" initiative, has finally got storage vendors and energy companies on the same eco-friendly page.

Last year, for example, Copan Systems and California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) launched a partnership whereby PG&E customers using the storage vendor’s MAID gear were eligible for rebates. While a step in the right direction, the deal hardly seemed to open the flood-gates for similar partnerships. Until, perhaps, today.

“We launched Conserve IT as a way to accelerate the qualification of vendor technologies within these types of rebate programs,” says David Vellante, Wikibon’s co-founder and principal contributor, noting that the industry "had very few technologies qualified, and we set out to increase that.”

Conserve IT, which will extend PG&E’s rebates to power-saving

technologies from the likes of EMC, HDS, and DataDirect, certainly raises the green storage stakes, subjecting vendors’ eco-friendly claims to a much deeper level of scrutiny.

Wikibon’s role will be to evaluate technologies such as MAID, virtualization, and de-duplication, independently validating vendors’ energy saving claims.

  • 1