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Choosing the right upgrades for your NetApp storage infrastructure can greatly affect the overall performance of your storage system. While there are certainly benefits with being able to upgrade to the latest and greatest from NetApp, not all organizations have the money necessary to do so. Instead, these organizations must find ways to continue to upgrade their existing infrastructure in order to keep up with increasing capacity and performance demands all while on a limited budget.

So, how do you know which NetApp upgrades are right for your organization? What are some of the ways you can upgrade performance of your NetApp filer?

1. Add a Disk Shelf

Disk shelves are a great way to add performance and capacity to a NetApp filer. However, you must be sure to find the right shelf for your infrastructure based on its needs and also make sure that the disk shelf does not become oversaturated (which can decrease performance.) So, here are some of our top-selling disk shelves for you to consider adding to your environment.



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Sales is such an integral part of business, and having the right sales representatives can make or break an organization. Choosing the right people to join your sales team is an extremely important task that should not be taken lightly. So, what do you look for when choosing sales reps? Our CEO has some advice when it comes to picking people for sales positions. Check out the video below to find out his hiring tips:

At Reliant, we're here to help you figure out ways to make the best decisions for your organization around your data storage technology. 

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

And for more videos such like this, check out our YouTube channel.



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Reliant Technology - Backup ChallengesOne of the major challenges with backing up information in a business environment comes from the fact that you're backing up a little bit more with each passing day. Exponential data growth is one of the cornerstones of a successful business, but it can also complicate the data protection process in a number of ways.

Exponential Data Growth

Exponential Data Growth is a term used to describe a few basic concepts. As a business continues to grow, it requires faster restores and data protection that happens on a much more frequent basis. This can create challenges as there will come a point where traditional backup methods just don't give you exactly what you need.



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Reliant Technology - Data Loss PreventionBy far, the type of disaster that costs businesses a huge amount of money on a regular basis is data loss. Think for a moment about the gigabytes (or terabytes) of information that are being stored on your work computers, tablets and other types of devices. Now think about the devastating effect it would have if that data suddenly disappeared without warning. By understanding exactly what data loss is, you go a long way towards increasing your understanding of exactly what you need to do to prevent it.

Why Does Data Loss Happen?

Data loss can happen from an unfortunately large number of reasons, not all of which are easy to safeguard against. Hard disk drives will not last forever. Eventually those drives will break down and the small moving parts inside will fail, taking every last kilobyte of data on the drive along with them. Most people already have backup and recovery measures in place to prevent this type of situation, but you always need to remember that your recovery process is only as good as the copy of the data that is being created. If the copy degrades over time for whatever reason (or wasn't actually a high quality copy in the first place), you'll fall victim to data loss.



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Reliant Technology - Upgrade without budget bustingNo matter which manufacturer you have in your storage environment, there are multiple options when it comes to providing upgrades and solutions for your infrastructure. You are not limited to the 3-year manufacturer upgrade cycle that can easily bust your IT budget. Today, we are hoping to present alternative solutions for your storage environment that can help extend how far your budget, big or small, can go. 

Maintenance & Support

The ending of a maintenance and support contract should not mean that a technology refresh is required. Instead, third-party maintenance can support your hardware even if it is out of the 3-year manufacturer product life cycle. As long as it works for you, you can continue to maintain and support that hardware through third-party maintenance options such as Reliant Technology. There are multiple levels of maintenance and support available, whether you need 24x7x4, 9x5xNBD or another option.



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Reliant Technology - Upgrade Refresh

What are the signs to know it’s time to buy new storage hardware? Can service and maintenance contracts still cover hardware that is more than 3 years old?

Well, it really depends on who you ask.

Every business has different needs when it comes to data storage. Some businesses may prefer a specific manufacturer, such as EMC, NetApp, Brocade, Cisco, Hitachi, IBM, or others. Some businesses may also have to meet specific compliance and service level commitments, which makes having the latest and greatest hardware a necessity. However, other businesses that are small to midsized may be growing and struggling to keep up with the exponential growth of data. So the question is, how do you know whether upgrading your existing hardware or refreshing to new hardware is the right choice for your organization?



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What are some of the reasons you would have different drive types, sizes, and performance levels in your storage environment?

Check out our video featuring a conversation between Reliant Technology's CEO, Reid, and one of our storage engineers, Michael with tips and tricks about the differences between different types of disk drives and how to choose the right type for your storage infrastructure.

At Reliant, we're here to help you figure out ways to make the best decisions for your organization around your data storage technology. 

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

And for more videos such as this, check out our YouTube channel.



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Reliant - DR and Backup

Backup and Data Recovery Converge

Over the last few years the functionality provided by backup and disaster recovery systems have converged so that they now appear to be the same – at least on the surface.

Historically, backups have been based on making data copies while disaster recovery comes into play after a disaster happens. Backups and other fault-tolerant mechanisms are put to work to bring things back to operational condition.

While, historically, backups were stored on removable media, they have now given way to a continuous process wherein data is copied to disk based storage arrays — a mode of backup called continuous data protection (CDP).



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How do you know when which type of disk drive is the best choice for your storage environment?

Check out our video featuring a conversation between Reliant Technology's CEO, Reid, and one of our storage engineers, Michael with tips and tricks about the differences between different types of disk drives and how to choose the right type for your storage infrastructure.

At Reliant, we're here to help you figure out ways to make the best decisions for your organization around your data storage technology. 

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

And for more videos such as this, check out our YouTube channel.



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Reliant Technology - SAN vs NASSAN vs. NAS Essentials

Storage area network (SAN) is a high-speed storage device network connecting servers with storage devices. Applications on any networked server can access SAN’s block-level storage and use standard file-system protocols such as Network File System and Server Message Block protocols over IP networks.

An essential function is to permit storage devices to communicate with each other and also with computer systems. SAN facilitates universal connectivity, linking many computers to many storage devices, and enabling devices and data to be shared.

Network-attached storage (NAS) employs a standard Ethernet connection with file-based shared storage services. NAS systems are not well suited for applications that must access block-level storage. NetApp has added block-level protocol to their NAS filers in order to attract a portion of profitable SAN market. NAS is both horizontally and vertically scalable by using large disks or through clustering.



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