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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: CIOInsight, Data Center Knowledge, Drunken Data, and more.

1. Are We Sure We Have Properly Defined Software-Defined Storage

From  Drunken Data

It’s an issue that has been nagging at me for quite awhile.  Who gets to decide what functionality belongs in a software-defined storage stack and what should belong to the array controller or the operating system?  I found my discussion with...”



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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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Reliant Technology - Flash Changing the Data Center

One of the major challenges that businesses of all sizes face in terms of storage is one of control. They have an inherent need to always maintain as much control over their storage solutions as possible, but also to preserve the flexibility they need to adjust those options as their businesses continue to grow and evolve. On the surface, these two goals seem to be opposed - usually resulting in ballooning costs. Now, with the

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5 Ways to Save on NetApp Hardware Costs

Posted on April 25, 2016 in NetApp

Every year organizations must handle growing data demands. This can be frustrating since IT budgets don't always grow at the same pace. The task then becomes “how can I keep my data center up to demand without breaking the budget?”. Knowing your options goes a long way when working to maintain your storage environment. Purchasing your NetApp hardware and support from the OEM can be expensive.  Here at Reliant Technology, we can help you find ways to save money on IT costs without sacrificing standard of service and performance.

1. Upgrade Your Existing NetApp Filer

One of the easiest, and least expensive ways to save money on your NetApp equipment is to increase data capacity by upgrading your existing storage system. Sure, you could upgrade to new NetApp equipment altogether, but your specific needs may not call for the newest model of hardware. Buying pre-owned NetApp hardware is a great way...



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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: Database Trends and Applications, ITProPortal, Data Center Frontier, and more.

1. The Impact of Block Sizes in Data Centers

From  ITProPortal

Guesswork is often the enemy of those responsible for data centre design, operations, and optimisation. Unknown variables lead to speculation, which inhibits predictability and often compromises...”



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Properly supporting all your storage, server, and networking equipment can be an around the clock endeavor. And depending on your industry, it can also be expensive. Think back to how much money you’re spending to maintain your data center. With the ability to consume up to two-thirds of an IT budget, having the right support that fits your environment is imperative. There are many ways to save money on support but you don’t want to sacrifice quality of service. Here are five tips to



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Countdown to EMC World 2016

Posted on April 18, 2016 in EMC

EMC World 2016 is just around the corner! The conference returns to Las Vegas at The Venetian May 2-5. EMC World is where one of the data storage industry’s biggest names previews upcoming product releases and industry trends.

EMC World Highlights

This year’s EMC World theme is “Modernize Your Data Center.”



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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: Morning News USA, Data Center Frontier, CIO Insight, and more.

1. DNA Data Storage: Data Storage Centers in Sugar Cube Sizes

From Morning News USA 

Researchers at Microsoft and University of Washington have taken a step ahead with regards to DNA data storage. They have now made the information accessible as well as searchable. Do you know that by implementing this technology, Walmart-sized supercenters...”



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Reliant Technology - What EOSL Means for EMC HardwareIn our last blog, “What End-of-Life (EOL) Means for Your EMC Equipment” we discussed the important EOL milestones for EMC hardware and the implications of those milestones for your equipment. Now, we are going to delve deeper into End-of-Service-Life (EOSL) and what that milestone means for your EMC equipment.

In case you missed it, we went over what EMC means when they mark a product as EOSL:



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Reliant Technology - What EOL Means For Your EMC EquipmentWith so many different acronyms floating around for product lifecycle milestones, it is easy to get confused. Not to mention that different manufacturers use different end-of-life terminology. This makes it all the more complicated to understand the lifecycle of the equipment within your data center.

Today, we will be focusing on the end-of-life milestones for one brand in particular - EMC - and what these milestones mean for you.

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