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How to Decommissions Servers, Increase Data Center Space and Remain Compliant.

by on September 15, 2009

Just finished reading an article on practical steps data center managers can take to help free up much needed space in data centers.


The article is good and offers many practical solutions concerning consolidating data, or eliminating unused or under-used servers. However, many companies (especially in the financial service industry) often acquire, through mergers or acquisitions, servers that contain large amounts of online and offline data.  This data needs to be vetted, managed, and in some cases, retained for regulatory reasons.


Moreover, keeping servers that contain archived or offline data wastes resources and can be very costly. In fact, according to a study by McKinsey and Company, data centers produce 80 metric megatons of CO2 per year. And since data centers are no longer estimating costs by square footage of their data centers, rather the cost of a data center is being driven by the IT power consumption, reductions in the number of servers you run can have a great impact on your bottom line as well as the environment.


Luckily, B&L has a solution to help companies decommission servers while still keeping the data you need for regulatory compliance. Archived Data Manager™ (ADM) allows you to rapidly extract and index data from historical backup catalogs and safely decommission those servers while remaining compliant.


Think of it this way: if you were to keep every file you have on your computer in paper form, you’d soon run out of space in your office to house it all. However, by keeping everything in electronic form, you can get rid of the paper, but still have access to the information you need.


ADM works the same way to help decommission servers in the data center, free-up space, reduce energy consumption and still have the information you need to satisfy regulatory audits.

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