Alpine Bank Saves With Green Disk Drive System
Alpine Bank of Colorado recently announced the introduction of a new automated disk drive platform which reduces the power and cooling used by current disk drive systems. The bank reports that theyâ€™ve reduced storage costs by 30 percent and energy use by over 20 percent.
The system, which is made by Nexsan, works by automatically idling the disk drives whenever they arenâ€™t in use. Usually, disks spin at 7,200 RPMs, but the idling disks are significantly slower. At the 20 percent power savings level that Alpine Banks uses, it takes less than a second for the system to return to full power.
Alpine Banks has made a number of other environmental upgrades in recent months. David Miller, the chair of the bankâ€™s â€śgreen team,â€ť says that other projects include replacing all of the incandescent lighting in their ten-story office building and purchasing Canary Tags to offset its carbon emissions. The bank is ISO 14001-certified, which means that theyâ€™ve met International Organization for Standardizationâ€™s environmental management standards.
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