THREE WAYS BACKUPS CAN REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

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If your organisation is worried about doing right by the environment – fear not. Here are three ways transitioning to a hybrid cloud/tape backup solution can help your company reduce its carbon footprint

Firms that want to be more environmentally friendly often balk because they think their idealism may impact their bottom line. Fortunately, that needn’t happen. If they deploy the right mix of tape and cloud backup technologies, firms can go green and save money.

Finding energy-efficient storage media is essential, since the typical data centre expends 40% of its power on storage. For example, cloud storage schemes often still rely on data centres full of spinning disks – plus thousands of lead-acid batteries to power those computers in case of a grid failure as brief as a few hundredths of a second. These centres can reduce their energy use by moving data to less power-hungry storage media. Tape backups can help, since there’s no power draw once tapes are removed from the drives for storage. Moreover, this blended approach still delivers maximum data protection.

Here are three ways transitioning to a hybrid cloud/tape backup solution can help your organisation reduce its carbon footprint.

1. Tape slashes energy consumption

Making the choice to utilise tape technology to store your data will significantly boost your firm’s eco impact. According to the Clipper Group, the average tape system uses 238 times less energy than a disk-based storage system in an archive environment. Once that data is stored to tape, virtually zero energy is required to preserve it, whether for one week or for 30 years.

2. Less data means less power drain

Because storage is an enormous power drain in data centres, a truly green IT initiative won’t simply manage data backups efficiently – it will alos reduce the amount of data being stored. (Remember, less data means lower associated power costs). Deduplication can help, as will a carefully planned and executed data retention program.

3. Smart data management lowers carbon emissions

Ultimately, all green initiative should be focused on minimising carbon emissions. A hybrid cloud/tape approach does this by relocating less frequently used data to energy-efficient offsite tape storage. This typically curtails both electricity and cooling costs while keeping data secure.