Cloud computing is already known for its ability to cut down on energy consumption, but EMC and Intel have decided to team up and make cloud computing even greener.

The companies announced that they are building a more energy efficient version of EMC's Atmos cloud computing storage offering, which should be available in the second half of next year, IDG News Service reported.

The move is representative of a larger initiative from Intel, in which the company aims to partner with other vendors to design more power-efficient systems for cloud computing business offerings.

Michael Feinberg, senior vice president of EMC's cloud infrastructure group, told reporters that power management is the top concern for EMC customers, IDG reported. While best practices - such as turning off disks that are not being used - can be helpful, many customers are looking for a more substantial solution.

In response, EMC will deliver a new version of Atmos that uses Intel power management tools supported by Intel 5500-series Nehalem processors.

EMC has also made recent news by reportedly planning a joint venture with Cisco and VMWare to sell an integrated data center product, said the Wall Street Journal.

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