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Grow a Greener Data Center by Douglas Alger

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Chapter 9Greening Your Data Center Through Consolidation, Virtualization, and Automation

This chapter explores the energy-saving opportunities you can realize by transforming the way IT infrastructure provides, allocates, and operates Data Center resources. This transformation is loosely sequenced in three steps:

Step 1. Consolidation

Step 2. Virtualization

Step 3. Automation

These three steps are applicable to multiple resource and service types, including networking, storage, servers, databases, applications, and even entire facilities. The benefits from this transformation are not limited to reducing the environmental impact of your Data Center but also include lowering the total cost of ownership, increasing agility, and simplifying business ...

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