Helping to deliver your green agenda

Using NetApp’s single, scaleable and manageable storage platform can help your organisation meet the challenges outlined in Greening Government ICT agendaThe paper ‘Greening Government ICT – the Green IT Strategy’ provides a simple overview of the government target to reduce greenhouse gases by 26 per cent or more by 2020 and by at least 60 per cent by 2050. The approach taken by NetApp is to support this initiative.
The extremely challenging key deliverable for all central government office functions is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2012. There is also in place, specific targets that were announced by the Prime Minister in 2006 which has committed government to achieving the sourcing of electricity from renewable sources and to source at least 15 per cent of electricity from Combined Heat and Power.

Government leading by example
Unsurprisingly, the UK Public Sector is Britain’s largest purchaser of ICT, and as such the government has set itself the challenge to become an examplar for the sustainable use and disposal of computers, servers and printers. The Greening Government ICT strategy sets out the first steps towards reducing the carbon footprint and establishes clear and explicit targets for delivery and compliance.
The government is determined to ensure that energy consumption of government ICT across the office estate is carbon neutral by 2012 and by 2020 government ICT will be carbon neutral across its lifecycle
In this period of modernisation there are key” Transformational Government” programmes in place across all major departments and functions all of which are highly dependant upon IT as an enabler for change. For example, the ambitious Connecting for Health Programme within the NHS which is driving a move to a primary care led healthcare model and will also deliver environmental benefits and operational efficiency and effectiveness improvements.
Simply stated the use of ICT can significantly reduce building occupancy and travel, improve customer access, ensure informed decision making and best practice. However, these improvements require major increases in ICT investment which in turn make it more important to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of all new investments.

Coping with data growth
Every organisation – be it public or private – faces similar challenges with the explosion in data growth and the traditional response is to add more storage, keep all data, duplicate datasets and ignore the carbon footprint. This response does not scale and is becoming rapidly unaffordable.
Leading industry analysts concur that as a consequence of this approach, 80 per cent of floor space, power, cooling and data administration is wasted.
Many vendors are endeavoring to meet these challenges but none have had the single focus displayed by NetApp since their inception 16 years ago. NetApp has been developing innovative technologies that efficiently and effectively tackle this growing trend head-on. The company has become an industry leader in this area due to their unified operating system which spans the entire product portfolio and obviates the need for a rip out and replace programme as business requirements change.

Working with the public sector
NetApp is a leading global provider of business solutions that utilise their technologies to facilitate business transformation and the rationalisation of IT infrastructures. The company is currently working with most government departments in the UK and across the globe, to deliver Green solutions that match or in many instances exceed the targets.
Simply stated, the NetApp response to meeting these issues and to achieve major reductions in power requirement revolves around a three point strategy:

Strategy one: Store structured data efficiently and employ a “non duplication” approach:

  • Improved utilisation through virtualisation which enables up to 50 per cent power reduction across apps environment
  • Reduction in storage overhead for test and development resulting in 90 per cent power reduction
  • Running test and development on ATA storage resulting in 50 per cent /TB power reduction
  • Use “smart copies” for back up, compliance, DR and virtual infrastructure resulting in 50 per cent power reduction across application environments

Strategy two: Control unstructured data growth:

  • Unstructured data growth creates major problems, eg. all data gets treated the same and power hungry FC drives are misused.
  • Over 50 per cent of tape/disk back up is junk ie. either duplicate or old and time expired
  • The solution is to eliminate illegitimate data sources, delete unnecessary data and employ leading edge deduplication technology to achieve savings on data storage >80 per cent and power consumption of 50 per cent

Strategy three: Exploit power efficient hardware options:

  • Using SATA drives consumes 50% less power per TB than fibre channel drives
  • SATA drives offers the highest available storage density
  • NetApp enabled SATA storage is used for application, test and development environments and for many enterprise application production environments

A simple solution
In conclusion, meeting the challenges outlined in Greening Government ICT and providing business solutions for operational effectiveness can be achieved by utilising the single scaleable, manageable storage platform and architecture delivered by NetApp.
NetApp supports and enables “Virtualisation” that is at the heart of successfully delivering dramatic efficiency gains that allow more focused spending of scarce public funds on genuine customer facing business activities and in so doing achieve demonstrable value for money benefits.

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