Data storage

FUJI launches sustainable data storage initiative

TOKYO, October 14, 2021 — FUJIFILM Corporation today announced the Sustainable Data Storage Initiative to highlight how tape technology can significantly reduce electricity consumption and CO2 emissions related to data storage. The initiative starts with a white paper, Accelerating the Progress of Green Data Centers with Sustainable Storage Strategiespublished by technology research firm IDC and sponsored by Fujifilm, provides an in-depth analysis of the significant energy savings and environmental benefits that result from moving more data to tape storage.

“We are proud to launch the Sustainable Data Storage initiative to help raise awareness of today’s modern data tape technology as a solution to reduce CO2 emissions from data storage operations while simultaneously reducing costs,” said Hironobu Taketomi, President of FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc. smart decisions when evaluating their storage options with sustainability goals. in mind.”

As the world faces a climate crisis and the amount of stored data continues to grow unabated due to digital transformation and the development of next-generation technologies, data centers are increasingly being scrutinized for consuming data. large amounts of energy that lead to an increase in CO2emissions. The goal of the Sustainable Data Storage Initiative is to raise awareness of solutions that can reduce the environmental impact of data centers.

IDC’s white paper summarizes findings on how to improve data storage durability. Here are the main highlights of the document:

  • Reports from several large data centers have revealed that energy consumption increased by 31% between 2017 and 2020, and the amount of data stored in data centers is expected to increase by 27% each year until 2025 ( see Figure 1).
  • Relying solely on renewable energy is not enough to keep up with the rapid growth in data center energy consumption. Water, wind and solar power also have their own associated environmental impacts (i.e. disposal of wind turbines and solar panels).
  • To negate this growing problem and protect the environment from further harm, IDC believes that strategic migration of more data storage to tape can reduce CO2 emissions.2 emissions by 43.7%, or 664 million tonnes, by 2030 (see Figure 2).
  • Tape storage offers additional security benefits such as immutability, encryption capabilities, and offline “air gap” protection against cybercriminals.
  • Tape is the most cost-effective storage medium based on cost per gigabyte, requires minimal power to operate, and is reliable to store data for periods in excess of 30 years with excellent bit error rate (BER ).

In addition to implementing renewable energy and tape solutions, the white paper discusses other ways companies can reduce their impact on the environment, including investing in AI-influenced cooling control, increasing resource transparency through real-time monitoring and control and improving IT utilization rates through virtualization. and containerization technologies.

FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.. is the US-based manufacturing, marketing and sales unit of FUJIFILM Corporation for data tape media and data management solutions. The company offers data center customers and enterprise partners a wide range of innovative recording media and archiving solutions. Building on a history of thin film engineering and magnetic particle science such as NANOCUBIC™ technology and Fujifilm’s Barium Ferrite, Fujifilm creates breakthrough data storage products. Worldwide, Fujifilm and its subsidiaries have passed the milestone of 170 million LTO ULTRIUM data cartridges manufactured and sold since their introduction, making the company the world’s leading manufacturer of midrange and enterprise data tapes.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings cutting-edge solutions to a wide range of global industries by leveraging its deep knowledge and core technologies developed in its relentless pursuit of innovation. Its proprietary core technologies contribute to various fields, including healthcare, highly functional materials, document solutions and imaging products. These products and services are based on its extensive portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic and imaging technologies. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, the company had worldwide revenue of $21 billion, at an exchange rate of 106 yen to the dollar. The Fujifilm global family of companies is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the world’s leading provider of business information, consulting services and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology, benchmarking, and IT procurement, as well as industry opportunities and trends in more than 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight help IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based technology decisions and achieve their key business goals. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world leader in technology media, data and marketing services. To learn more about IDC, visit www.idc.com.


Source: FUJIFILM