IDC Expects Focus on Cost-Efficient Storage to Result in Lower Power and Cooling Costs in the Near Term

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IDC News Release, 10/25/10

In a follow up to the industry’s only in-depth analysis of the costs to power and cool enterprise storage worldwide, International Data Corporation (IDC) has found that these costs are likely to level off in the 2013-2014 timeframe. The temporary plateau in storage power and cooling costs will be brought about by several key trends: the migration to smaller (2.5in.), more energy efficient enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDDs); greater utilization of existing storage capacity; and the continued adoption of solid state drives (SSDs) and various other storage efficiency technologies (e.g., data deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning).

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