The modern data center looks very different from those built-out ten years ago. The IT industry has been changing at an exponential…
Don’t get stuck reacting to problems: get ahead of them. Put processes in place to head off problems in advance, before they…
The acronym RAID stands for “Redundant Array of Independent Disks”. Typically, RAID is used for storing the same data in multiple places…
Are you getting the most out of your IT infrastructure? Conducting an infrastructure audit can uncover savings, lapses in support coverage, and more….
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….
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….
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….
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….
With a number of natural disasters possible, prepare your storage and networking infrastructure for the unthinkable with these tips….
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….
CIOs are expected to increase data center efficiency while cutting costs. Find out our tips to help CIOs optimize their data centers….
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….
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?…
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….
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….
Auto Tiering has the ability to save you time and money. Consider these 3 things before implementing tiering in your data center….
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….
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….
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…
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….
Prolong Your Hardware’s Useful Life with IBM Hardware Maintenance…