A solution poised for significant success, according to Washburn, is storage capacity optimization (SCO) technology, such as thin provisioning and data deduplication. Thin provisioning increases storage utilization by only reserving storage when data is written; data deduplication solutions reclaim capacity by eliminating redundant data, he writes.
Overall, Washburn sees SCO technology as delivering a high business value-add in that it reduces costs, it's inexpensive or free, it's relatively easy to implement, and "it doesn't require buy-in from nonstorage stakeholders." He expects it to become a commonplace technology within the next five years.
Green tech No. 7: IT asset disposal and recycling services
There are plenty of good reasons to dispose of electronic waste in a careful, environmentally manner. For an Earth-friendly perspective, e-waste is the fastest-growing segment of global landfill waste, according to The Natural Resources Defense Council. IT equipment is also highly toxic, containing hazardous substances such as cadmium, lead, and mercury.
In addition to helping protect the planet, disposing of IT assets in a responsible manner can help prevent sensitive data left on the hard drive of a discarded machine from falling into the wrong hands. Finally, there are laws requiring the safe disposal of IT assets.
Properly recycling and disposing of e-waste can be complicated, however. For that reason, Forrester predicts that IT asset disposal and recycling services -- which are already quite mature -- will continue to enjoy success for years to come. "The landscape of highly reputable IT asset disposal and recycling service providers is mature, with a variety of hardware vendors like Dell, HP, and IBM, and specialists like Intechra, Redemtech, and TechTurn," Washburn writes. "These firms will properly recycle and dispose of end-of-life IT assets -- or even better, give these assets a second life by donating or reselling them -- in compliance with the complex web of environmental and data security and privacy regulations."
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Server power management
Among the 15 green-tech 1.0 technologies and services that Washburn discussed in the report, he deemed only one as poised for "minimal success": server power management. The concept behind server power management is similar to that of PC power management; it puts machines into a low-power mode when they're not being used.