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CIOs and the Advancement of the Economy, Tech, and Security

CIOs and the Advancement of the Economy, Tech, and Security: What Will it Cost Them?

The CIOs Cost of Technology Advancement After a rocky and unsure year and a half (from January of 2020 through today), CIO budgets are setting up for a promising increase. This means increased spending in technology like AI, the Cloud, and customer experience tools. Forecast models show steady growth, even as worries of a semi-conductor shortage and new technology costs…

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Pure Storage: New Kid in the Neighborhood

Pure Storage created its own niche in the IT world with Pure Storage Flash, SSD, FlashArray, FlashBlade, FlashStack, AIRI, and FlashRecover. While existing companies continued offering storage, service, and network maintenance products and services similar to one another, Pure Storage took a new bent. Founded in 2009, Pure Storage developed its products of all-flash data storage hardware and software products…

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ServiceNow Asset Management to save a fortune on IT Asset Tracking

If you use ServiceNow or ServiceNow's HAM (Hardware Asset Management) for asset management or IT asset tracking we can help you export an excel spreadsheet to help you use this data to save money. Today, we are sharing a plan about increasing the ROI of your ServiceNow deployment by using it to manage your IT maintenance contracts. As you may…

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How Much Does Third Party Maintenance Cost?

Why Cost-conscious Businesses Turn to Third Party Maintenance   It’s unavoidable that the costs of support for your server, storage, and network equipment start to spiral. Large-scale hardware refreshes are beyond the scope of many businesses’ budgets, or if not, unnecessary if you can keep all functionality without having to buy new equipment every few years. That could be the…

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5 Tips to Control EMC Support Costs Before Your Renewal

Have you ever been caught off guard by a support renewal? Ever miss a critical system or storage array in your asset list?  We need accurate records. Especially when it comes to managing our EMC support renewals. When we can’t rely on our data, we can’t make proactive decisions to negotiate better pricing and we risk our reputation when we…

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IT Budgeting: 7 Tips When Your Budget Falls Apart

IT budgeting occurs when a company specifically allocates money to specific IT programs within the company. This budget should list funding for all projects and technologies within this department.  Expenses included in an IT budget may include staff salaries, as well as one-time expenses for certain projects. For the most part, companies prepare an annual budget but in certain cases,…

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IT Budget Checklist: Data Center Hardware & Support

Do you like creating an IT budget?  Or do you hate it? Have you ever left off a critical component, system or support contract and had to go back to your IT finance committee, boss, or worse - the CFO to ask for more money?  It’s not fun. To make sure you have all of your bases covered, here is…

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Tactics to Control Your Maintenance Spend and Fund Other Initiatives

Maintenance is the foundation of risk mitigation in the technical business world. It would be very risky to implement any technology without an effective method to handle equipment failure. Any failure can impact the operational stability of a system. Most businesses expect systems to be operational with minimal downtime. Business projects, technical projects and maintenance projects compete with the basic…

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The Real Cost of Reactive Upgrades

“Reduce cost, increase functionality and improve business operations” is the battle cry of many businesses. IT is continuously battling a world of infrastructure components and applications while also dealing with a myriad of old and new technologies. Adding complication, everyone's an expert and has not only an opinion, but “the” solution. Obsolete hardware just adds another hazard to the mix.…

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7 Mistakes Savvy CIO’s Don’t Make When Negotiating with the OEM

By paying attention to the details, and managing the process, you have the opportunity to recognize significant rewards. Just as any project, this one takes time, focus and attention. A savvy IT Leader will not allow these mistakes to jeopardize the maintenance negotiations. Mistakes Savvy CIO's Don't Make 1. Wait until the last minute An experienced CIO knows that procrastination…

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4 Support SLA Mistakes That Could be Hurting Your IT Budget

When it comes to managing an entire data center, monitoring the type of support you’re getting can sometimes fall through the cracks. So often, IT professionals must focus on fixing issues and innovating without breaking the budget, that some fail to realize IT support could be a larger hinderance. With the ability to take up two-thirds of any given IT…

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The CIO’s Guide to the Used IT Hardware Market: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the CIO’s guide to the used IT hardware market. In the first installment we talked about some key factors to take into account when considering certified pre-owned storage, server, and networking equipment. You can read it here if you’d like to catch up. Today, I’m going to take you through some options you have when…

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Is Renting or Leasing Right for Your Data Center?

When it comes to data center hardware, the question of whether to rent or to lease is one that doesn't really have a "one size fits all" answer. It is a question that will ultimately come down to the organizational level and how your EMC storage environment and other data center hardware aligns with your long-term goals. Having said that,…

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The CIO’s Guide to the Used IT Hardware Market: Part 1

Here at Reliant, we pride ourselves on taking a customer-centered approach. Rather than just supplying you with parts and tech specs, we take a more personal technique by giving you a number of options and helping you create an action plan to achieve your specific goals. To help you do that, I wanted to give a few tips on how…

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Purchasing Pre-Owned NetApp Hardware – Tips & Tricks

There are a wide range of different benefits that come with buying used NetApp storage that are understandably worth exploring. The initial cost reductions, coupled with the ability to continue to utilize equipment that has reached end-of-life status, are certainly enticing. However, if you do choose to go down this road, it's essential that you ask the right questions to help get the most…

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5 Ways to Save on NetApp Hardware Costs

Every year organizations must handle growing data demands. This can be frustrating since IT budgets don't always grow at the same pace. The task then becomes “how can I keep my data center up to demand without breaking the budget?”. Knowing your options goes a long way when working to maintain your storage environment. Purchasing your NetApp hardware and support…

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5 Tips to Save on Your IT Support Budget

Properly supporting all your storage, server, and networking equipment can be an around the clock endeavor. And depending on your industry, it can also be expensive. Think back to how much money you’re spending to maintain your data center. With the ability to consume up to two-thirds of an IT budget, having the right support that fits your environment is…

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How to Get the Most Money From Your Surplus IT Hardware

When you make the decision to get rid of surplus storage, server, or networking equipment, you may not know exactly what to do with it. Should you put it in a closet in the back of your data center? Let it gather dust? Decommission and recycle it? The truth is that you have a lot of options when it comes…

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Can You Afford to Forget About Data Center Hardware Support?

A data center is a complex operation by its very nature, so oftentimes the daily requirements of just keeping everything moving forward can mean that you begin to spend less and less time thinking about equally important topics like maintenance. However, data center hardware support and general maintenance is hugely important for one very specific reason: without it, you're running…

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3 Ways You May Be Overspending on Your Third-Party Maintenance Budget

One of the reasons that companies consider third-party maintenance for their data center hardware is that it can be more cost-effective than support from the OEM. While third-party maintenance can reduce the portion of your budget allocated for recurring maintenance charges, it is also important to remember to check that the ongoing support still fits your organization’s needs. In order…

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4 Ways to Save Money with Third-Party Support

Regardless of the size of the business that you operate, finding new and efficient ways to control costs is likely a top priority. One of the ways to accomplish that goal of controlling costs within your IT budget is by using third-party support for the equipment within your data center. Third-party support provides multiple benefits for your organization - in…

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How Much Does Third-Party Support Cost?

When purchasing maintenance and support for your IT infrastructure, there will be multiple options to choose from and each will differ in price. Depending on the industry and size of the company, maintenance services can consume up to two-thirds of any given IT budget. So, choosing a cost-effective IT hardware support provider that doesn’t sacrifice service quality is key. Third-party…

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How Much Does an EMC VNX Storage System Cost?

By: Reid Smith-Vaniz Follow @reidsv One question I get all the time is, “How much does an EMC VNX system cost?” Well, the answer is - it depends. When EMC released the VNX series in 2011, it had five models. About two years later, five more models were introduced. Those second models are referred to as the VNX2 series by…

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Continue Upgrading Your Storage Environment Without Busting the IT Budget

No matter which manufacturer you have in your storage environment, there are multiple options when it comes to providing upgrades and solutions for your infrastructure. You are not limited to the 3-year manufacturer upgrade cycle that can easily bust your IT budget. Today, we are hoping to present alternative solutions for your storage environment that can help extend how far…

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The Business Impact of Storage

The world of IT has refocused its efforts in recent years to place an increased emphasis not only on the technology and the services being provided by data centers, but also on the business outcomes that they're able to create. An issue that this is creating, however, has to do with how these important business outcomes relate to storage. Storage…

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Determining the Potential ROI of Your Storage Project

Sometimes IT professionals and those on the business end of the organization do not speak the same language when it comes to evaluating a project. IT professionals tend to use technical metrics to measure value while the business side of an organization will likely use revenue, profitability, and satisfied customers to gauge value. So, these two sides are frequently disconnected…

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Quick Tips for Purchasing Used NetApp Hardware

While the benefits of buying used NetApp storage, such as cost reduction and continuing to utilize a filer that is end-of-life, can be enticing, asking the right questions about the hardware you are considering purchasing can make or break your investment. So, to help you take advantage of the benefits associated with purchasing used NetApp hardware while ensuring that you…

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5 Reasons to Consider Renting or Leasing EMC Storage

One of the services offered by Reliant Technology is the rental or leasing of storage hardware that your organization can customize to fit your storage environment for a variety of needs. All of the hardware available for rental follows our rigorous testing process, the Reliant Rock-Solid Certification Program, to ensure that the equipment you receive is of the highest quality,…

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5 Ways to Slash Your EMC & NetApp Maintenance Costs in Half

By Kyle Christopher Are you looking for ways to cut your maintenance costs? This article will provide you with some creative ideas to earn massive savings on maintenance costs. Don’t forget to download the complimentary eBook: Third Party Maintenance Cuts Costs by 40 - 80%. Here are 5 ways to dramatically reduce your support costs and obtain the service you expect.…

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IT Advice: Tips to Help Build a Better IT Budget

Is your enterprise looking for additional cost savings to help you make the most of your storage budget? According to the recent Computerworld’s Forecast 2013, an overwhelming number of participants said that “containing costs” was the number one priority for their enterprise in 2013. The same survey found that less than half (43%) of IT executives report that their IT…

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As IT Budgets Increase, CIOs Cut Costs to Enable Storage Growth

As the economic recovery continues to underwhelm, enterprise IT budgets are surprisingly on the upswing? That’s right — according to a recent study, enterprises are actually increasing their IT spending despite the stagnant economy as they see the positive impact a productive IT system can make on a company’s bottom line. Forecast 2012, a survey orchestrated in June by ComputerWorld,…

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