Maintenance Blog

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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15 EMC VNX Terms You Need to Know

We’ve put together a list of the 9 most common EMC VNX terms we hear, and define each of them. Our hope is that this will get everyone level-set on the terminology and help to educate and empower….

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Handling Storage Management Overload

Learn how to handle increasing data storage management requirements in this article….

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Why You Should Consider an IT Infrastructure Audit

Are you getting the most out of your IT infrastructure? Conducting an infrastructure audit can uncover savings, lapses in support coverage, and more….

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

Don’t fall prey to data center downtime due to a faulted drive in your array. Here’s how you replace a failed drive in your EMC storage array….

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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…

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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 ser-vices. 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 you want to maximize the return on your hardware investment, find a data center hardware support plan that will not only prioritize your maintenance strategies but also focus on your legacy systems….

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7 Hacks that Help IT Pros Save Time

No one has any time, here’s how you can get back 100+ hours….

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

1. How Do You Define Data Center Hardware Maintenance?

One of the biggest problems with defining maintenance is that many vendors have different definitions. It can become confusing when you’re presented with a myriad of offerings all purporting to offer data center hardware maintenance services….

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your ITAM Software

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 ITAM software to monitor all of your IT assets….

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Knowing the Right Time to Refresh Your Networking Hardware

Don’t let the OEM dictate when you refresh your data center network. Learn your options when it comes to third party support for your network….

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

What are some of the biggest mistakes organizations make when it comes to data center support? Find out what these mistakes are and how to avoid them….

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4 Tips to Protect Your Critical Data from Disaster

With a number of natural disasters possible, prepare your storage and networking infrastructure for the unthinkable with these tips….

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Mistakes That Could Be Hurting Your VNX Performance: Part 2

Here’s the next installment of the things that could be hurting your EMC VNX. Learn why ignoring your performance benchmarks could be hurting your VNX….

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

Data erasure is an increasingly important part of data storage strategy. Data not being deleted correctly can mean repercussions for your company….

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4 Tips for CIOs to Increase Data Center Efficiency

CIOs are expected to increase data center efficiency while cutting costs. Find out our tips to help CIOs optimize their data centers….

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4 Tips for CIOs to Optimize Your Data Center

As a CIO, you’re expected to grow the data center while cutting costs. Find out our tips to help CIOs optimize their data centers….

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Interviewing a Potential Support Vendor: Part 3

Third-party maintenance can save up to 30-70% on your IT budget. Ask the right questions to get the best third-party vendor for your organization….

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Interviewing a Potential Support Vendor: Part 2

Finding the right vendor for third-party support is critical in order to receive the highest level of quality of support. Learn how to ask the right questions to guarantee you get the best support possible in this article….

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

When switching to a third-party maintenance provider it is important to not only ask questions, but to know which questions to ask in order to find the independent support vendor that best fits your needs….

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Get the Most out of Your Storage: Performance Benchmarks

Storage performance benchmarks are key to understanding if you’re getting the most out of your storage assets. How does these affect your process when buying, maintaining, or selling storage hardware?…

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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 the future….

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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….

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How to Utilize Your Legacy Storage Array

Legacy equipment is hardware that is still functional, but is outdated or no longer supported. Learn how can you utilize your legacy storage arrays to provide value for your company in this article….

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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….

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3 Things to Consider for Better Performance with Auto Tiering

Auto Tiering has the ability to save you time and money. Consider these 3 things before implementing tiering in your data center….

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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 lost and don’t know what you’re doing, air dropping a few VNX2 devices on your building is not going to help you. On the other hand, if I can provide resources and manpower to help you know how to properly manage your data, you might find the air drops to be a lot more helpful….

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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 resellers (VARs) are suggesting a rip-and-replace approach to their storage environment. While this approach may solve some technology problems, it likely won’t solve the problems of data mismanagement that led you to seek new hardware in the first place….

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6 Benefits of Data Center Colocation

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. Colocation facilities provide space, cooling, power and security for your server, storage and networking equipment, with a minimum of cost and complexity…

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

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 pay for it unless you really need it. And when you need it, you REALLY need it. Computer Business Research defines DR as “the process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster.” In short, DR is a plan that should be in place before disaster strikes….

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Understand Your NetApp Maintenance Options

Understand Your NetApp Maintenance Options…

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Prolong Your Hardware’s Useful Life with IBM Hardware Maintenance

Prolong Your Hardware’s Useful Life with IBM Hardware Maintenance…

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Don’t Trade Innovation for Hardware Maintenance: 3 Tips

Don’t Trade Innovation for Hardware Maintenance: 3 Tips…

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