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Big Data Software Targets Server Energy Efficiency

As data sets grow increasingly larger and more challenging to manage, enterprises are taking a closer look at the efficiency of their server hardware and software. That's good news, of course, because there's always room for improvement in server efficiency. A 2010 study by nonprofit environment group Greening Greater Toronto found that most servers in data centers operate at a shockingly low 4% average utilization.

Ugly, yes, but the good news is that things are getting better. In fact, a number of tech startups are developing high performance servers that are energy efficient as well.

Calxeda, an Austin, Texas-based company that uses low-power ARM processors in energy-saving servers, recently earned kudos from consulting firm Frost & Sullivan for its EnergyCore Architecture, which could help accelerate the growth of big data applications in the enterprise.

"As enterprises handle petabytes of unstructured and structured data in a single platform, they need highly scalable and sustainable data warehousing that consumes less energy," said Frost & Sullivan senior research analyst Swapnadeep Nayak in a statement.

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Greening Greater Toronto is a CivicAction initiative. Find out more about Greening Greater Toronto's Race to Reduce, our smart office energy challenge.

Author:

Jeff Bertolucci

Appeared In (Publisher):

InformationWeek