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Third party support optionsWhen it comes to supporting your IBM XIV storage system, it is important to understand that you have options. Deciding to move away from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) support can seem daunting especially if you don’t know when you should. IBM XIV hardware lifecycle information isn’t always readily available. That being said, now is as good a time as any to consider third party support as an option for your XIV.



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IBM SAN Hardware Rises to the Top

With only one top-three in all six previous Quality Awards, IBM SAN storage hardware has finally risen to the top.



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IBM Tape Backup vs Backup to Disk

According to the latest article from Infostor, tape storage products like IBM tape are making a comeback. With growing usage rates, expanding capacity, and high marks for reliability, tape appears to be an advantageous choice for those looking for affordable backup.



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Affordable IBM Hardware Maintenance and Support

Has your IBM hardware reached the end of its service contract? Is the cost of maintaining your IBM hardware exceeding your current budget?



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IBM Tape Turns 60

From its creation in 1952 to its current generation in 2012, IBM tape has been helping enterprises large and small to backup their most critical data.



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Big Data

Word is circulating that IBM is constructing the largest and most elaborate data storage system to date for a yet unknown client. The 120PB storage system, containing 200,000 disk drives, is rumored to hold approximately a trillion files.

Beyond the budget of mere mortals, the colossal data storage system is expected to be a model for future generations of storage systems.



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IBM Storage Savings

So you've been working with your certified IBM business partner for 15 years, and it's been a very pleasant relationship. After all, IBM VARs are great for consulting you through a project, providing the necessary hardware and software, helping you implement the solution, and supporting that solution afterwards.

However, on this particular occasion, you just want to add some capacity to one of your existing storage systems without having to pay the typical premiums associated with that level of service. You need it quickly, and you don't think it should be a big ordeal.

Fortunately, you're already on the right track. Here are three easy ways to add capacity without the budgetary pains of services and additional maintenance.



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IBM Tape Library TS3500

In the datacenter, the tape library is the ultimate lifeline to combat data loss and data corruption. Tape’s reliability with today’s LTO5 media and off-line status is essential, since tape isn’t as vulnerable to lightning-fast overwrites and corruption.

IBM’s recently announced expansion of the TS3500 Tape Library improves the capability of the IBM Total Storage Tape Library, allowing companies to improve their EMC, IBM, and NetApp environment’s backups and reliability.

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A disruption of your business processes could leave your entire business exposed. Today's companies face escalating customer demands and expectations—there is no room for downtime.

The goal of thorough disaster protection planning is to protect the applications that run your business and minimize unplanned downtime. However, one important consideration is that all planning for any type of a disaster-tolerant solution is always subject to balancing the solution versus the downtime versus the cost.



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Quality Assurance

The IBM DS4800 disk system, coupled with virtualization software, is an ideal platform for a stable, low- cost deployment for test, development, and quality assurance environments.

By deploying a solid virtualization platform on top of a DS4800 storage array throughout their development lab, companies can accelerate software project completion by increasing team productivity of their developers and testers, reduce hardware and administrative costs, and improve the quality of applications that are deployed in production.



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