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When business leaders make the decision to partner with a third-party maintenance provider for something like EMC SAN support, the primary consideration usually comes down to one word: money. A third-party provider can help businesses of all sizes start saving money almost immediately, but it's important to understand that this isn't the ONLY reason why this might be the right decision for you. There are also a number of very compelling non-cost benefits of third-party maintenance for your EMC SAN that are more than worth exploring.

A Longer Hardware Life Cycle

Perhaps the most important non-cost benefit of third-party support comes down to the simple fact that the hardware life cycle of your EMC SAN can be extended, almost dramatically so. The fact of the matter is that enterprises can't necessarily upgrade or replace their hardware...



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EMC and NetApp are two of the largest storage vendors in the industry, but when it comes to unified storage - Which should you choose?

Search Storage defines unified storage as a storage system that makes it possible to run and manage files and applications from a single device. Unified storage has become a popular technology used by major storage vendors.

It is important to note that the only major vendor to offer a fully unified platform is NetApp. The manufacturer’s FAS8000 series doesn’t need any extra hardware for file or block. Other vendors haven’t embraced this path of implementation, opting to use separate components.

NetApp Unified Storage

Having a piece of hardware from which any protocol can be software-enabled minimizes costs for your organization, while offering you a higher level of flexibility within your storage environment. Scalability and ease of management are paramount to those who favor NetApp.



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 We have scoured the web for our favorite posts and articles about all things data storage from industry news highlights to interesting insights, and now we’re bringing them right to you. So, what are we reading this week?

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: StorageNewsletter, ITProPortal, The TechNews, and more.

1. Reducing Data Center Cost, Time, and Physical Constraints

From Data Center Frontier

"Starting from scratch is liberating. It is also imperative for true innovation. Indeed, instead of incrementally improving on what’s been done before, new entrants in many industries are taking a fresh look at the constraints that hold their customers back – and coming up with innovative ways to eliminate those constraints…"



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Managing your multi-generational network can be tricky. Like most, your network probably includes current and previous generation equipment. Things can get even more confusing if Cisco has declared some of your network End of Life. The End of Life announcement may come at a time when that particular equipment is working fine, leaving you wondering about your options.

The OEM will have you believe that there are only two options: follow the OEM upgrade schedule or forego support. We’ll be discussing a few other options that will allow you to save on your IT support budget and extend the life of your network.



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We have scoured the web for our favorite posts and articles about all things data storage from industry news highlights to interesting insights, and now we’re bringing them right to you. So, what are we reading this week?

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: Data Storage Today, ITProPortal, Database Trends & Applications, and more.

1. EMC Strengthens Archiving Platform for Unstructured and Structured Data

From Database Trends and Applications

EMC Corp.’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) is releasing an upgraded version of its EMC InfoArchive platform, enhancing the ability to secure and leverage large amounts of critical data and content. “It’s really designed to take both structured data or unstructured data or content and do so in a single platform with a single architecture, and that’s a big part of our announcement, to provide this archiving service,” said Chris McLaughlin, chief marketing officer of EMC’s ECD...”



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Yet another year of EMC World has come to a close. Every year thousands of EMC customers and partners gather to hear the data industry’s biggest names preview upcoming products and IT industry trends.

The overall theme of EMC World 2016 was “Modernize Your Data Center”, but this year was  particularly interesting due to the recent news of the Dell/EMC Merger. So what were the key highlights from EMC World 2016?

Dell Technologies


Monday’s keynote at EMC World set the tone with EMC CEO, Joe Tucci saying goodbye and passing the baton to Dell CEO, Michael Dell. Although the Dell/EMC deal has not been completely finalized....



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When purchasing maintenance and support for your IT infrastructure, there are many options that differ based on your needs. Depending on industry and size of the company, support services can consume up to two-thirds of any given IT budget. With that in mind, organizations want the most cost-effective support solution, without sacrificing quality of service. Third-Party Support has the ability to provide exceptional support without breaking the bank. But it is easy to feel apprehensive about leaving the OEM with all the misconceptions about third-party support swirling around. We’re here to debunk the most common myths surrounding third-party maintenance.

Misconception #1: “Third-party maintenance providers don’t have the same level of expertise as the Original Equipment Manufacturer.”

Many third-party support vendors can actually offer OEM-level support. When thinking about moving to an independent support provider you should make sure that they have OEM-level certifications and training across various manufacturers. This cross-training allows you to...



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We have scoured the web for our favorite posts and articles about all things data storage from industry news highlights to interesting insights, and now we’re bringing them right to you. So, what are we reading this week?

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: SiliconANGLE, Fortune, The Register, and more.

1. Dell-EMC Reveals Its New Name

From Fortune

Once Dell Inc. completes its $59 billion merger with EMC Corp.  EMC 0.38%  later this year, the combined company will be known as Dell Technologies. That’s just one of the announcements expected from Dell CEO Michael Dell when he takes the stage at EMC World in Las Vegas on Monday, according to a preview provided to Fortune. Over 10,000 attendees are...”



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Managing your network means understanding the product lifecycle of your Cisco equipment. There are 4 Cisco milestones you should be aware of. They are End of Life (EOL), End of Sale (EOS), End of New Service (EoNS) and Last Date of Support (LDoS). Comprehending each of these milestones will allow you to plan for the future.

Planning for these dates helps you reduce the risk of downtime and increase savings. So, what do each of these product lifecycle milestones mean for your Cisco equipment.

End of Life

Let’s say Cisco has just announced that your specific piece of equipment is EOL. The good thing about that is...



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When your NetApp equipment is approaching End of Availability (EOA) or End of Support (EOS), you might be confused on how to renew support for your NetApp hardware. If you’ve already reached EOA then your options with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) are finite. But, the OEM isn’t the only place where you can find viable support choices. Third-party maintenance is a great way to implement more cost-effective long-term support solutions without sacrificing quality of service.

What to do now that Your NetApp Filer is EOA

To make the best decision for your filer, you should know what end of availability means for your hardware. EOA simply means that NetApp has discontinued that system and will no longer be selling that specific piece of hardware. You may still be able to get spare parts and fill other support needs through NetApp, but hardware EOA directly influences support. While the actual EOS date for your filer may be...



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