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4 minute readHot Rods and Storage Arrays

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I know — it’s a stretch, but stay with me on this for a minute.

Every weekend across the good ole USA, there’s a car show. For car enthusiasts, chrome and steel fuse with heart and soul and bring chill bumps to the crustiest of characters.

It’s a place where tried and true is treasured; a place where enduring quality is universally appreciated.

A place where you can take your 1985 Cherokee Wagoneer and win ‘most original’ among 300 contenders (yup, that’s our very own Reid Puckett!).

Would you throw away a ‘76 Camaro? How about a ‘68 Vette? What about an ‘82 International Scout?

No way. You’d supe it up and let it ride. So, by now, you’re probably asking — “What’s the point!?” OK – here comes my storage tie in.

When your storage rep tells you that it’s time to upgrade to a brand new system, does it feel a little premature? Do you feel like you could get a lot more mileage out of your previous generation storage array? With a little tuning and extra storage capacity, your storage system will hit its prime.

But the sales reps insist, warns you that upgrades will be too expensive, and gives you an astronomical quote to maintain your current system. Suddenly you’re signing on the dotted line–even when you weren’t quite ready to.

What if ‘in with the new, and out with the old’ wasn’t really necessary? In fact, things seem to be running well. Your staff knows all of the hardware quirks, your team knows how to maintain the hardware and how the management interface works, and your engineers know how best to configure the system.

So, what if you could breathe new life into your old stallion like a hot-rodder? Help it buck up and smell the roses, feel the fresh breeze in its face again, find new life well into the 21st century. You can make your old system run like new again by simply swapping your disk drives for higher performance OR higher capacity disk.

The Disk Swap

Swap out those old slow, small disk drives for bigger ones for archiving space. Or, swap out slow drives with smaller, faster drives and put more spindles behind a database. You can take your 10TB storage array to 60TB by simply swapping out 60x 146GB fibre channel drives for 60x 1TB SATA drives.

It’s a pretty easy transition. You won’t substantially increase power or space requirements, so you won’t drastically increase your carbon footprint. There is no new software to learn, and no new maintenance contracts to acquire. Actually, you don’t even have to install new racks. A simple disk upgrade can make a huge difference.

With an upgrade from vendors like Reliant Technology, your data storage can do all kinds of new things. Backup to disk? Check. Archive box? Check. Disaster recovery that might save your job? Check.

Breathe life into that old pony of yours. Heck, that’s what Hot Rodders do.

Need help planning or additional information? Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today to get expert advice and ensure you have the storage you need at a price you can afford.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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