College of William and Mary
As storage in data centers is increasing rapidly, it has become critical to find ways to operate efficiently this important component of a data center. Often, it has been proposed to consolidate the storage workload into a subset of storage devices and shutdown the unused ones with the purpose of preserving power. In many cases storage workload consolidation requires some amount of data to be copied from one device or set to the next. While storage workload consolidation techniques focus on extending power savings with minimal penalty in the performance of a data center, less attention is paid to the process of seamlessly integrating the data copy phase into the overall storage workload consolidation technique.