Online energy-saving calculator launched!
5 December 2011
To enable institutions to view the potential energy and cost savings that could be made through employing a tiered filestore approach, Cardiff University's Information Services Directorate has launched the StorC (Storage Calculator) tool.
StorC, which was part-funded by JISC, provides an easy, interactive online way for institutions to model the environmental and financial savings of different scenarios of tiered file storage. This approach was explored in Information Services' recent Planet Filestore project, which investigated solutions for greener, more sustainable and more cost effective data storage using dynamic storage tiering. The technique identifies the files which are no longer actively changing, and automatically moves them onto lower energy, greener storage.
An initial beta version of StorC was released to the user community earlier in the year, and provided the team with a range of feedback resulting in developments to the tool for this final release.
The Storage Calculator now offers users enriched features including split graphical and data views; printer friendly views; help tips to explain how to get the greatest benefit from the tool; and general improvements to the code and interface. The Storage Calculator also includes the Shibboleth access management architecture, which enables institutions to save the data sets they create and edit them at a later date.
"The Storage Calculator is just one of the initiatives developed by Information Services to help Cardiff University and other institutions to evaluate the sustainability of their IT services," said Martyn Harrow, Director of Information Services. "StorC has the potential to make a real difference to the energy and cost-effectiveness of institutions' file storage, and to provide an efficient use of resources and return on investment in this area."
StorC has the potential to empower institutions across the UK and further afield to plan their data storage in a way that reduces energy and cost.