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EMC Saving Millions
As King sees it, planning the new facility and migration offers several key benefits, including reducing the total number of business applications EMC uses from 653 to 389, resulting in $3.7 million in savings and reducing the complexity of the move to Durham and a reduction in the number of database servers from 51 to 4 and in Oracle databases from 55 to six.
With the new center, EMC is also implementing tiering and next-generation data deduplication, data- and file-system archiving and automation , which has improved storage utilization by 75 percent and storage system administration by 170 percent, King noted. Tiering and archiving also allowed EMC to reduce the volume of data that needed to be migrated to Durham by 1.5 petabytes.
In all, EMS estimates that its journey to cloud computing has saved some $104.5 million CAPEX avoidance, lower energy consumption and space efficiency costs, has reduced energy consumption by 34 percent and shrunk the company's carbon footprint by nearly 100 million pounds of CO2.
"Make no mistake -- a comprehensive move to the cloud is neither as simple nor as easy as some might suggest. The new Durham data center and COE facility is proof of that," King said. "But EMC's effort also qualifies as an example of the benefits that foresight, careful planning, organized implementation and innovative IT solutions can deliver in both the short and long term."
Posted: 2011-09-16 @ 1:54am PT
Maybe they should call NetApp to come and show them how they can really save money.