Thinking Green? what does it mean? how does it apply?

Yesterday was Earth Day.  I was inspired by a blog posting on IBM’s developerWorks to think about what it means to be Green…. aaah as Kermit would say… it ain’t easy… or is it?  smiles..

When we think about Green in IT, we think of how we can reduce power, manage storage, we think of virtualization and cloud computing.  As I am going around the PNW teaching ND8.5 upgrade classes for our customers to help them understand the value of an upgrade to our newest Domino infrastructure, I hear many stories about customers struggle with space and desires to consolidate servers.  I talk to them about the introduction of DAOS. 

When I managed the messaging environment for Bayer Pharmacuticals in Berkeley California, I reviewed using Single copy object stores (SCO).  While this was a great introduction of a capability we leveraged in cc:Mail way back when, it still had points of failure due to the dependancies on single database management.  It left you exposed to having 100’s of users dependant on one database.  Databases can become corrupt, corruption leads to down time, which leads to 100’s of users DOWN!  While this framework offered a promise to reduce storage, it offered a higher cost on end user down time, which can equal to a lot of money lost.

The rate and pace of data growth is growing expodentially.  Companies need to review options that can offer shared resources without creating a risk to the organization and down time for end users.  DAOS offers a distributed capability to allow end users to maintain mail but offset the file attachments to a file system.  Once again reducing risk in that it will not be in a database format, but a flat file store.    This allows for less risk with the capabilities of reducing data re-duplication.

Resources for DAOS

Paul Mooney’s excellent presentation on DAOS from Lotusphere
Lotus Domino goes Greener
Dowload the DAOS Estimator Tool version 1.4
What is ND8.5 DAOS

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