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How to Avoid Data Center Migration Mistakes

How to Avoid Data Center Migration Mistakes and Reap the Full Benefits

During migration, it is perfectly natural that your business might experience some temporary downtime. This downtime, however, may beprolonged due to technical glitches which, in turn, could affect customer service and potentially cost thousands of dollars. Avoid such incidents by handling the transition phase by phase, and creating a roll-back plan using automated tools. Moving information from one point to…

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Security Risks in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing allows you to store and access data over the internet rather than on a company’s computer hard drive or physical network storage arrays. This is especially helpful if you’re in a business that constantly needs to access and update information. If so, your company falls in the category of needing storage that grows/shrinks daily meaning your storage space…

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5 Tips For Maintaining an Efficient Data Center

Data centers have evolved significantly in the last few years, becoming the central hub for almost all technologies. Whether we are talking about content delivery, business support, or data distribution, the data center is crucial for today's business to succeed. We can achieve an effective data center operation through a balanced investment in the facility and the housed equipment. DATA…

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What You Should Know Before Building A Data Center

The modern data center looks very different from those built-out ten years ago. The IT industry has been changing at an exponential pace. According to one of Intel's founders, Gordon More, the computing power is set to double every few years. Even though this fast pace has slowed down a bit in the past ten years, processing power still duplicates…

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Raw Capacity vs Usable Capacity

Wondering how much space you have remaining on your storage infrastructure? There is a big difference between raw capacity and usable capacity but we’re going to clear it up by unpacking what these terms mean, and how they are used.  Let’s start with the purchase of thirty (30) new 2TB drives for our storage array. 30 x 2TB = 60TB…

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5 Common IT Contract, Maintenance and Renewal Mistakes & How to Prevent Them

Don't get stuck reacting to problems: get ahead of them. Put processes in place to head off problems in advance, before they manifest. We can help. When you think about IT contracts, maintenance agreements and support renewals what comes to mind?  Happiness?  Bliss?  Order? Hardly... Most procurement professionals cite that they don’t know when their maintenance agreements are up for…

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Make Your Migration to the Cloud Easier

Your cloud migration needn't be stressful We address the common risks and benefits to make sure your transition goes smoothly. Talk to us about how we can oversee your transition today. Migrating from on-premises IT solutions to the cloud is a daunting task in itself. Add on the responsibility of maintaining your existing legacy IT infrastructure at the same time…

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Understanding RAID Groups: Breaking Down RAID Performance

The acronym RAID stands for “Redundant Array of Independent Disks”. Typically, RAID is used for storing the same data in multiple places or on various hard drives. The purpose of RAID is to store high levels of data but to maintain as good of a performance as possible. Essentially, you increase storage reliability by arranging drives in groups and then…

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15 EMC VNX Terms You Need to Know

Make sure you're up-to-date on the latest lingo. Our guide contains all the EMC VNX terms to make sure you become the expert in your organization. What is Dell EMC VNX? Dell EMC VNX is a family of enterprise-grade unified file and block storage systems. The Dell EMC VNX family of storage systems combines data storage scalability and flexibility with…

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Handling Storage Management Overload

Place all of your support contracts in one location. Centralize your storage and maintenance, you can leave everything up to our expert engineers, and save money in the process. With increasing work and fewer resources, handling data growth can become more challenging. As demands for new business application services soar along with storage requirements, IT organizations hustle to meet growing…

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Why You Should Consider an IT Infrastructure Audit

For your business to survive, it must be built upon an extremely strong IT infrastructure. Your IT infrastructure ensures that you have data availability and that you keep your data private. Despite this, even if your IT infrastructure is strong, there are always internal and external threats abound.  Technology evolves extremely rapidly, meaning that the investment you put into your…

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How-To Series: How to Replace a Failed EMC Drive

Using an EMC storage array provides you with an incredible data storage system to store data on storage arrays rather than on a server. These arrays provide you with multiple drives in a collection, capable of storing a huge amount of data, managed by a central management system.  Although the EMC storage array is an incredible system, if your EMC…

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How to Improve the Uptime of Data Center Systems

Data center Uptime is the guaranteed availability a data center can offer annually. Being able to offer uptime is one of the core business goals of any data center.  Positive uptime allows data centers to align themselves with the modern-day requirements that many businesses require. In order to achieve uptime goals, a data center needs to place a lot of…

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Hybrid Maintenance Plans Add Value to Your Legacy Systems and Extend the Life of Your Data Center Investment

Supporting legacy systems is not always considered to be a particularly important component of IT operations. That is because older systems are ignored and new infrastructure is used to support your applications and services. Even so, your legacy systems can be a great way to maximize your budget as they can meet the vital requirements of your data center. If…

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7 Hacks that Help IT Pros Save Time

by Reid Smith-Vaniz, CEO, Reliant Technology No one has enough time, here’s how you can get back 100+ hours. Hack #1: Kill the refresh project The refresh project is a huge time-suck. Think about all the time it takes to plan, buy, install, migrate, decommission, sell the equipment associated with a refresh. From vendor meetings to negotiating, it can take…

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5 Things You Should Ask a Vendor When Contemplating a Data Center Hardware Maintenance Agreement

Looking for a new vendor to support your data center can be overwhelming, that is why we created this list of the tops 5 things you should ask a vendor before considering them for the job. Let's get started! 1. How Do You Define Data Center Hardware Maintenance? One of the biggest problems with defining maintenance is that many vendors…

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your ITAM Software

It’s not easy meeting the ever-changing requirements of the business to keep everything running without issues, while also staying within a tight budget and keeping a keen eye on uptime. Efficiently running a data center in 2019 is no small feat. One way to get ahead of any surprises in your data center is to use top of the line…

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Knowing the Right Time to Refresh Your Networking Hardware

A large part of managing your data center network means ensuring that all networking equipment is supported and maintained. This sounds easy enough until the OEM announces your products have been declared EOL. The end of life announcement usually means that end of support is soon to follow. Rather than panic or unnecessarily upgrade your network, we’re here to talk…

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5 Common IT Support Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Choosing who supports your storage, server, and networking equipment as well as how it's supported are some of the most important decisions you can make for your IT infrastructure. Far too often, we see a common trend of end users making decisions on the "who" and "how" that costs them time, money, and quality of service. Don't make the same…

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4 Tips to Protect Your Critical Data from Disaster

Doing business in today’s competitive landscape means keeping your infrastructure up and running in top shape. With the data center being such an integral part of business, what would you do if the unthinkable happened and jeopardized your critical data? Preparing for the unpredictable, whether it’s natural or manmade disasters - can be the difference between costly data loss and…

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Mistakes That Could Be Hurting Your VNX Performance: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our series about some mistakes that could be hurting your VNX’s performance. If you missed the first installment of the series, you can read up on it here: Part 1. The aim of this series is to help you understand some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to VNX systems, disk array enclosures…

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Data Wiping: Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore It

Securing your organization’s data should be a top priority. Whether you’re responsible for client records, employee information, or financials you’ll want to be sure that data is guarded. Data destruction is one of the most important steps in keeping your company’s sensitive data out of harm’s way. It is especially crucial when planning to sell or trade-in your used IT…

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4 Tips for CIOs to Increase Data Center Efficiency

Your data center can be one of the most complex operations within your business. One of the top priorities for Chief Information Officers is to cut costs in their data center, but it also remains a point of frustration. The expectation is to grow and adapt data center infrastructure all while decreasing costs. CIOs have the tall order of eliminating…

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4 Tips for CIOs to Optimize Your Data Center

In a configuration as complex as a data center, cutting costs is always one of the top priorities of the Chief Information Officer, but also one of the most frustrating priorities. The expectation is for the data center infrastructure to grow and adapt, all while decreasing costs in many cases. So, eliminating financial waste creates an environment that is not…

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Interviewing a Potential Support Vendor: Part 3

There are many benefits to purchasing third-party support for your data center. Depending upon the size of the industry and company, maintenance and support can consume up to two-thirds of your IT budget. By implementing third-party support you can receive the level of service that you need while reducing the cost of support by 30-70%. In order to do this…

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Interviewing a Potential Support Vendor: Part 2

Have you decided to go with third-party support for all of your maintenance needs in your data center, but you don’t know where to start your research to find the best independent support vendor? Then this blog series is for you. In the first installment of the series we discussed how important it is that the vendor of your choice…

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Interviewing a Potential Support Vendor: Asking the Right Questions Part 1

Are you considering third-party maintenance for your organization? As with any major investment, it is important to do your research to help you make an educated decision. When researching potential support vendors, you should come armed with questions to gain a better understanding of the services offered to find the right vendor for your organization’s specific needs. To better prepare…

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Get the Most out of Your Storage: Performance Benchmarks

According to a recent survey that was conducted by LoadDynamix, a full two thirds of people in storage related leadership positions at large enterprises do not understand storage performance benchmarks and the ways that they're positively or negatively affecting their own storage infrastructure. 65% of those who responded to the survey indicated that they only assess I/O use in an…

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Data Center Monitoring Tools

The key to properly managing a facility involves knowing not only what your data center does, but also what tools it's using that you are depending on daily. Knowing whether you need a BMS or a DCIM system (and in most cases both), for example, is one of the keys to making sure that your facility is well positioned for…

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7 Things to Consider with EMC Storage Capacity Planning

Properly managing storage capacity is key to keeping up with the massive data growth of storage environments from EMC. When considering purchasing a storage system or formulating a capacity planning strategy, we suggest taking these 7 factors into account in determining what will best meet your current and future needs. 1. Know the tools that best suit your organization Depending on…

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How to Utilize Your Legacy Storage Array

Legacy storage is essentially storage hardware that is still functional, but is outdated or unsupported. Even though you may upgrade your array to a newer technology that does not necessarily mean that your legacy storage array is completely useless to your organization. Instead, consider some of these options to utilize your legacy storage arrays. 1. Backup to Disk. You can…

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Repurposing a CLARiiON System

If you are considering upgrading to an EMC VNX, you may wonder what to do with some of your older technology such as EMC CLARiiON storage systems. We are going to provide some suggestions about how to repurpose your CLARiiON system. CLARiiON as Lab Environment Many storage admins may complain about not having a good lab environment. With repurposing your…

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3 Things to Consider for Better Performance with Auto Tiering

It’s time to start rethinking traditional approaches to tiering. Here are Reliant, we work with a lot of customers interested in used EMC and refurbished NetApp hardware as a means to solving their performance issues at lower costs. We regularly find that certain products, such as EMC CX4, stand-alone EMC drives, other EMC CLARiiON products or a variety of used NetApp hardware solve a lot of performance issues outright. We’ve…

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3 Ways Data Management Will Change

Data managers need to become more service-oriented ASAP. Why? Because data is changing. First, it’s getting bigger and second, those that are changing the game focus not only on products, but they are also focusing on services that help you manage your data. If you’re having trouble managing your data, or are completely overwhelmed and needing guidance lost and don’t…

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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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6 Benefits of Data Center Colocation

By Kyle Christopher Have you considered all the resources you are devoting to the maintenance of your data center? A true data center that houses your mission-critical data and business applications in a state-of-the-art environment is more critical than ever. However, your data center also requires retention of highly skilled employees as well as space, cooling, power and physical security.…

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Ready for Disaster? 3 Steps to Help You Prepare an Action Plan

By Kyle Christopher In the data storage world, we hear about disaster recovery (DR) a lot. Everyone knows that having a disaster recovery plan is important. Everyone needs a back-up plan in place for when the inevitable disaster strikes, but it can be expensive. The tricky thing, though, is that DR is a lot like insurance. You don't want to…

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Understand Your NetApp Maintenance Options

According to the October Storage magazine survey, many enterprises that are looking for cost-cutting strategies in their storage environments are also looking for ways to enable greater innovation. Whether your enterprise is looking to add solid-state technology, grow capacity, or simply wants to explore alternative storage options, one candidate for cost reduction is your NetApp maintenance contract. When considering your…

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Prolong Your Hardware’s Useful Life with IBM Hardware Maintenance

Has your IBM hardware reached the end of its service contract? Is the cost of maintaining your IBM hardware exceeding your current budget? To save up to 40% on IBM hardware maintenance, consider a hardware maintenance contract from Reliant Technology. Reliant provides simple and affordable IBM maintenance contracts that meet or exceed the manufacturer’s service level agreement. Affordable IBM Hardware…

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Don’t Trade Innovation for Hardware Maintenance: 3 Tips

According to a 2012 Trend Report, 48% of enterprises responded that they will spend half of their 2012 IT budget on hardware maintenance and service for their current IT infrastructure. Oppressive maintenance costs, usually attributed to OEM service contracts, can consume precious IT budget dollars that could be dedicated to environment innovation and growth. Enterprises can reduce the hardware maintenance…

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