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EMC Powerlink: What EOL, EOSL & EOS Mean for You

Get flexible contracts, savings and support Extend the life of your EMC Powerlink At some point you have probably come across the acronyms EOL, EOSL, and EOS. These acronyms concerning the lifecycle of server, network, and storage hardware products are all related, but each of these acronyms has distinct importance, discussed in this article. What does EOL, EOSL, and EOS…

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TPM vs. EMC Support : 7 Things You Need to Know

As companies look to maximize how far their budget will go, most are looking to first extend the life of their hardware. Rather than purchase new equipment or expensive upgrades when your warranty ends, there is another option to support your current hardware: third party maintenance (TPM). There are many reasons to use third-party maintenance (TPM) rather than purchase a…

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Data Center Third-Party Maintenance: 3 Metrics to Know When It’s Right For You

When you have multiple data centers, and hundreds or thousands of assets, when is the right time to choose a third-party maintenance option? You may have heard of data center third-party maintenance, and how it helps companies save 50% or more on server, storage, and network support costs. But the real question isn’t what you know about TPM, it’s when…

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Your EMC Hardware is EOL: What Happens Now?

With so many different acronyms floating around for product lifecycle milestones, it is easy to get confused. Not to mention that different manufacturers use different end of life terminology. This makes it all the more complicated to understand the lifecycle of the equipment within your data center. Today, we will be focusing on the end of life milestones for one…

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End-of-Life (EOL) – What it Means for Your EMC VNX Array

If you have a VNX series array in your data center, you may be wondering what the best choice is for your system. Should you continue with EMC support, refresh to a new system entirely, or find other support options? No matter whether your EMC VNX hardware is EOL, EOPS, or EOSL, the key is knowing that you have options.…

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EMC Acquires Virtustream for Expanded Hybrid Cloud Services

EMC announced its plan to acquire Virtustream - a cloud software and service provider - in a deal valued at approximately $1.2 billion. EMC plans to merge its Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud offering with Virtustream’s portfolio for a comprehensive managed cloud services business designed to support all applications, workloads, and cloud models. According to a press release from EMC, the…

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How old is used EMC and NetApp storage hardware?

Reid Smith-Vaniz I've heard this question a lot over the years from EMC and NetApp customers, and it's a good one. I think it starts when people are learning that they can save quite a few dollars by going used, but then risk comes into play, and people start asking questions. The real questions behind this first question (and quite…

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What is the career path of a data storage engineer?

Interested in becoming an EMC or NetApp Storage Engineer? What is the career path of a storage engineer? This video offers some enlightening insights. The U.S. Department of Labor states that there are 4 million people working in data center operations today. This number is expected to increase to 6 million by 2018. What does this mean? For one, it…

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EMC VNX versus VNX2 – What Do I Really Need?

We’ve been getting more questions lately about VNX2 versus VNX, so we thought it’d be helpful to put together an article on a couple of scenarios we’ve faced recently. These are coming from customers wondering if they need to upgrade to the VNX2. Most everyone is aware of the MCx re-write that was remarkable from an engineering perspective. On the…

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Should You Upgrade Your EMC CLARiiON to the VNX? – Part One

If you’ve been contemplating a hardware upgrade for your EMC CLARiiON system, the EMC VNX is an option that has likely crossed your mind. Deciding whether or not to upgrade your EMC CLARiiON storage hardware can be a difficult decision, balancing cost considerations with bleeding edge midrange technologies. To make the best decision for your enterprise, consider these four reasons why you…

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7 Considerations for EMC Storage Capacity Planning

Without proper storage capacity management, it is impossible to keep pace with the massive data growth of today’s EMC storage environments. Here are 7 things to consider when formulating a capacity planning strategy or deciding their current and future needs when purchasing a storage system. 1. The Tools of The Trade If you’re trying to improve your business’ storage capacity…

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EMC CX4 Pricing Tips (And Free Storage Planning Checklist!)

We get questions from IT pros all the time, asking for ways to save on CX4 or other EMC hardware. “Saving” applies not only to money but also to time, long-term maintenance and support and other areas where you may need efficiency. You also need to think long term about your capacity and performance needs. While you may be saving…

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5 Things to Look for In An EMC or NetApp Storage Provider

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, IT sales reps are a necessary part of the supply chain. We’ve all heard the stories about the bad ones, but we don’t talk enough about the good ones and what they do. They go by a lot of names: VARs, Account Executives, Storage Experts, Account Managers, Data Storage Gurus, IT Gods, (OK, I made…

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5 Advantages to Servers as Storage

By Kyle Christopher Over the years, the pendulum has swung back and forth between server-attached-storage and dedicated storage resources. The current trend is with intelligent shared storage, yet without the familiar external storage array. I’ve been asked many times recently, “Kyle, are servers the new storage?” It’s a great question. The idea of using familiar, commodity-based servers to provide shared…

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Storage Spotlight: The VNX 5300

} Last week Cisco Systems Inc. pledged to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter a market currently led by Amazon.com Inc., the largest online retailer in the world. Cisco will be building data centers to help run the new service which they have named Cisco Cloud Services. Cisco currently deals in networking hardware and is seeking to…

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Is Your Traditional EMC or NetApp VAR in Touch With Reality?

The majority of problems we see within our clients’ storage environments result from data mismanagement, not from having outdated hardware or software. We frequently talk with clients who have the newest, and shiniest gear available but still do not have the ability to manage their data correctly. Many times, what we hear from our clients is that their value added…

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The Case for SSDs: Where Are They Headed? 3 Directions

By Kyle Christopher With all the talk these days about flash storage, it’s important to remember all the benefits offered by solid-state drives (SSDs) and how to use them within your storage environment. Deciding where to use solid-state storage within your environment makes choosing the right storage option somewhat complex, with your decisions likely having a long-term impact. With the…

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5 Secret Tax Tips For Leasing Data Storage in 2013

By Kyle Christopher Data storage leasing is a game-changer when it comes to pushing through your storage projects. There are several immediate bonuses to leasing storage. For starters, Congress has now extended and enhanced the Section 179 tax deduction and bonus depreciation until the end of 2013 in an effort to stimulate the economy and lower unemployment. These incentives offer…

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6 Reasons We Like EMC Data Domain

By Kyle Christopher We like EMC Data Domain for a number of reasons, mostly because we’ve seen how much it benefits our customers. Taking a look at the big picture, we’ve found several common threads throughout our customers’ experiences with Data Domain. Here are a few of the benefits. 1. It’s Fast Not many IT departments like slow backups; neither do…

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4 Benefits of Scale-Out Solutions for Your Data

By Kyle Christopher Big data. We hear about it all the time, but it’s not going away. Au contraire. Nonetheless, it can be easy to manage with a scale-out solution for that big data. Your business needs change as well as your storage needs. Here are a few benefits we’ve found with scalable solutions, such as you might find with…

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Part 1: 21 Questions to Ask Before Your Data Center Relocation

By Reid Smith-Vaniz This is part one of our three-part series entitled “21 Questions to Ask Before Your Data Center Move” which will be published this week on the Reliant Storage Blog. There can be a big upside to moving your data center. Moving can be the perfect opportunity to refresh all or a portion of your legacy infrastructure, you…

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Nine Tips on Picking the Right EMC Drives

by Reid Smith-Vaniz You've determined that you need to add capacity to your storage infrastructure. Here are some tips on how to pick the right EMC drives to meet your needs. Oracle, SQL and DB2 databases all love spindles; consider FC or SAS. Much of the information organizations store is in databases, and system admins need to give users fast…

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