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Tandberg Data joins The Green Grid

Scalable backup solutions and low power consumption for greener backups

Oslo Norway, (12 May, 2008): Tandberg Data, the global supplier of data protection solutions, today announced that it has joined The Green Grid consortium. As a member of the consortium, Tandberg Data will promote the reduction of energy consumption by using more efficient, future-proof and scalable technologies.

The Green Grid is a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems. It seeks to provide industry-wide recommendations on best practices, metrics, standards and technologies that will improve overall energy efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems by working with governmental agencies and key industry players. Joining The Green Grid is part of Tandberg Data’s initiative to reduce energy consumption and the cost of running an IT infrastructure.

As a global provider of data protection solutions to the small to medium businesses, or SMB’s, Tandberg Data recognizes that its customers see the need to move toward a more energy-efficient model. Tandberg Data understands the current and future issues SMB’s face, the opportunities for improvement and SMB’s concerns and requirements.

Tape – the “no-power”, scalable medium

Tape has evolved into a highly cost-effective, high-capacity backup and archival medium with multiple benefits.  In addition to low cost, other primary benefits include portability, reliability and reusability.  Tape media can be written, rewritten and safely stored for years.  Its steadfast reliability ensures mobility and safeguards companies from disaster.  Tandberg Data’s automated tape solutions offer scalability through features such as Capacity on Demand, enabling customers to upgrade systems rather than replacing them, thus protecting their investment and at the same time reducing waste. 

“Businesses typically spend 50% of the acquisition cost of a tape drive on electricity to run it,” says Bharat Kumar, vice president of Marketing and Development at Tandberg Data. “By offering industry-low power consumption, combined with reusability and scalability, Tandberg Data’s tape solutions will help customers on their way to a greener backup strategy.”

Devising a Green IT Strategy

For companies, it is important to consider three areas: an assessment of the data center with the goal of reducing power consumption; a formal assessment of IT equipment recycling; and a carbon footprint analysis.

An important first step in that formal assessment of the data center is to determine how much energy your storage consumes and what that energy costs.  Once energy usage has been determined, the next step is to calculate your costs. Once power consumption and costs have been determined, recommendations can be developed on how energy usage could be decreased without compromising business needs.

Tandberg Data will work with other members of The Green Grid to help develop energy–efficient technologies, promote standards and deliver best practices to end users.

For further information please contact:
Marije Stijnen
Director of Corporate Marketing
Tel.: + 44 (0)7909 906012
Email: marije.stijnen(at)tandbergdata.com

About Tandberg Data

Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of data protection solutions for the SMB. Tandberg Data offers a wide selection of business-grade storage solutions, ranging from disk-based appliances, such as the RDX QuikStor™, the DPS1000 Series™ VTL and DPS2000™ Series NAS, to automated tape solutions like the Tandberg Data StorageLoader™ and StorageLibrary™ Series. Tandberg Data also offers tape drives, based on the LTO, DAT, SLR™, and VXA® tape technology platforms, and media. Tandberg Data solutions are supported by AccuGuard, a robust, easy-to-use deduplication software. All solutions are supported through a worldwide service and support network, recognised globally for its outstanding levels of service. In addition to the standard warranty and support offerings, on-site service upgrades provide Tandberg Data customers with further peace of mind.

Tandberg Data products are supported by all major operating systems and software applications to successfully integrate and operate in heterogeneous storage environments. All solutions are designed to meet the growing storage requirements of small and medium-sized organizations with scalability, reliability, and backward compatibility features that ensure cost-effective operation and  long-term investment protection.

Tandberg Data markets its solutions exclusively through a global channel of qualified resellers and distributors. This channel model is supported by OEM agreements with major server manufacturers including Apple, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, HP, Hitachi, IBM, and NEC.

For further information, please visit www.tandbergdata.com

Tandberg Data StorageLibrary, StorageLoader, SecureService, DPS1000 Series, DPS2000, VXA, SLR and RDX QuikStor are trademarks of Tandberg Data. RDX is a registered trademark of ProStor Systems, Inc. LTO is a trademark of HP, IBM, and Quantum. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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