There is no doubt that data centers are expensive and data is growing rapidly. So reducing the cost of data centers is imperative to stop the rapidly increasing cost. Also, cost can be viewed in two dimensions – first, the financial cost and secondly, the CO2 emissions/cost associated with data storage. Cloud was the promised land for financial data storage cost reduction, and it certainly has its benefits, but it is not the only solution or always the best. Cloud providers are rushing to use 100% renewable energy sources and lower their carbon footprint to zero which is a consideration related to the CO2e cost of data storage. There is so much more that can be done and it all starts with knowing what data to do what with.
Use the Cloud
Identify and move the right data to the cloud to free up expensive on-premisis storage. Leverage cloud provider renewable energy sources to lower carbon emissions associated with data storage.
Use Lower Tier Storage
Identify and move the right data to lower tier storage to free up expensive Tier 1 storage.
Optimize Existing Storage
Identify and move data between any unused space to decommission old and expensive storage quicker. Take advantage of storage with the lowest CO2 emissions to lower the carbon footprint associated with storing various datasets.
Backup the Edge
Avoid using expensive backup solutions at every branch office and backup to the core instead.