September 03, 2008
BILLERICA, Mass., and HERZLIYA, Israel, Sept. 3 -- A recent survey by Voltaire Ltd. found that, although CIOs and senior IT executives overwhelmingly believe that a green datacenter will become mission-critical, many lack the "green" to go green.
Nearly 90 percent of executives surveyed said they believe that greening their datacenters will be crucial to meeting their companies' business objectives in 2009, and 57 percent said they believe going green gives them a competitive advantage. Yet, 76 percent do not have a committed budget for a greening policy. The survey queried CIOs, CTOs, and senior IT executives who attended the 2008 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.
In response to these findings, Voltaire developed a "50-50-300 Pledge," which states that IT executives, working with the company to deploy a Voltaire unified fabric, can save 50 percent on power/cooling related to server interconnections and 50 percent on hardware allocation/usage, while delivering up to a 300 percent increase in application performance. Voltaire has also developed an Efficiency Calculator (www.voltaire.com/calculator) to help IT executives estimate their network energy and cost savings and justify the investment.
"It appears from these findings that senior IT management is still in the planning phases, and they will need to prioritize funding for these important greening initiatives," said Patrick Guay, executive vice president of global sales and general manager of Voltaire Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Voltaire Ltd. "We help them with the analysis and data collection in order to validate the savings they will achieve. Our numbers show that for enterprises, the return on a green datacenter fabric infrastructure using currently available technology is in the millions of dollars. For example, a Fortune 500 company with five datacenters worldwide, and 3,000 servers per datacenter, can save approximately $7.4 million per year."
Xasax Corp., which provides low-latency financial market data to active trader and financial services organizations, is among companies that have deployed a Voltaire unified fabric to make their datacenter greener while producing faster performance.
"Using a Voltaire unified fabric has increased system performance with five times the storage throughput compared to legacy implementations. Removing the communication bottlenecks has allowed us to use a highly-available VMware solution to facilitate the high-frequency communications on our North American financial market data network," said Noah Lieske, founder and CEO of Xasax. "This produced a 50 percent reduction in power and cooling costs, while providing greater resiliency and much faster customer provisioning."
Additional findings from the Voltaire survey include:
Unified fabrics provide seamless, high performance networking services between InfiniBand fabrics, Fibre Channel SANs and Ethernet LANs over a single high performance fabric with multiple virtual interfaces replacing actual physical adapters. By addressing all three types of networking traffic within a single chassis, IT executives can reduce power consumption by consolidating and virtualizing their datacenter interconnects without sacrificing performance.
"We want companies to understand the 'green' benefits of unified fabrics based on InfiniBand technology -- the only fabric technology available today that improves datacenter efficiency and the performance of mission-critical applications at the same time -- in industries from manufacturing to financial services to media/entertainment," said Guay.
Datacenters create massive amounts of data that is processed, routed, and archived. A key green requirement is to achieve those tasks while consuming less power and "real estate." Voltaire developed technology that achieves these requirements while improving application performance and reducing costs. Voltaire's unified fabric datacenter architecture, based on InfiniBand technology, allows companies in many industries to improve revenues through speedier application performance. Quicker ATM service and faster trading times are two examples where milliseconds can matter in terms of revenue potential.
Voltaire Ltd. designs and develops server and storage switching and software solutions that enable high-performance grid computing within the datacenter. Voltaire refers to its server and storage switching and software solutions as the Voltaire Grid Backbone. Voltaire's products leverage InfiniBand technology and include director-class switches, multi-service switches, fixed-port configuration switches, Ethernet and Fibre Channel routers and standards-based driver and management software. Voltaire's solutions have been sold to a wide range of end customers including governmental, research and educational organizations, as well as enterprises in the manufacturing, oil and gas, entertainment, life sciences and financial services industries. Founded in 1997, Voltaire Ltd. is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel, and has its U.S. headquarters in Billerica, Mass. More information about Voltaire is available at www.voltaire.com.
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