Toward Sustainable Networking: Storage Area Networks with Network Coding
Current projections indicate that the worldwide Data Center (DC) industry will require a quadrupling of capacity by the year 2020, primarily through increased demand for high-definition video streaming. In addition to requiring significant financial investments, worldwide DC capacities are approaching a scale in which their energy consumption and carbon footprint is significant. Approaching the scale of the worldwide airline industry. In this paper, the authors consider the energy efficiency of individual storage area networks that make up DCs. Storage Area Networks (SANs) are designed so that large numbers of content consumers can be serviced concurrently, while the average quality of the user experience is maintained.