The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has launched a Green Storage Initiative (GSI) power measurement specification.
The GSI is a system for classifying storage products based on energy consumption as well as a baseline standard for idle power metrics.
SNIA vice chairperson, Clive Gold, said the purpose of the specification was to give users a way to compare the environmental impact of products.
“Within a quarter or two we’re expecting vendors to start using these ratings,” he said.
Currently, the storage system categories covered under the Green Storage Taxonomy are Online Near-Online, Removable Media Libraries, Non-Removable Media Libraries, Infrastructure Appliances and Infrastructure Switches.
“As more aspects of the industry become of interest from a green point of view they’ll be added in,” Gold said.
“We’ve created a group to look at the impact of flash drives and study their impact on the environment, for instance.”
Multimedia Technology national marketing manager, Philip Jackson, said the SNIA move was a good idea, although the majority of vendors are already aware of the need for improved efficiencies.
“It may take some time to determine if what is being suggested can be implemented in a cost effective way,” Jackson said.
“Something like this needs to be commercially viable from an end user point of view before it can take off.”