Written on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 by Gemini
What does it mean to be green?
"Consumption" is the broadest of terms used most often to describe the power and space usage of network elements such as servers, routers, switches, firewalls and SANs. There are, however, other points that can be related to this term, but they aren't as easy to differentiate.
Consolidation is a distinct design option that can mitigate your consumption issues and provide an avenue for increased manageability - and subsequently decrease your cost of support. Here are a couple of technologies that consolidate infrastructure:
- Virtualization (includes server, firewall, SAN, routers, switches, desktops)
- Chassis-based installation (FWSM, WSM, RSM, VPNSM, etc.)
The true trick to "getting green" is applying the principles without sacrificing these factors, or you risk losing the gains forged within the design itself.
Lower consumption through consolidation results in increased manageability and lower lifecycle cost - or a "green(er)" infrastructure! The desired result of instilling some of these principles into the minds of engineers is that organizations can start taking advantage of savings gained through efficiencies.If you enjoyed this post Subscribe to our feed