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Reliant Technology - Changing Healthcare Data CenterAs technology continues to advance, data centers around the world are completely revolutionizing the way that certain organizations operate on a daily basis. The healthcare industry in particular has seen dramatic leaps in the last few years regarding the types of solutions that they employ to do everything from increasing efficiency to provide the best quality of care to patients on a daily basis.

The Data Boom

One of the many reasons why the face of the healthcare data center is changing so rapidly has to do with the technology that is required in today's modern medical environment. Hospitals in particular require a complex infrastructure for both receiving and reconciling data as quickly as possible. Data types like medical imaging are necessary to not only share relevant patient information between professionals, but also to provide a much-needed context for real-time events to help make the most informed decisions possible regarding the care...



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Reliant Technology - Cisco CEO Sheds Invicta Storage Line

Cisco’s new CEO Chuck Robbins made the decision to trim Cisco’s Invicta flash storage line from their product offerings. Cisco originally acquired the Invicta storage line when they bought the startup Whiptail in 2013 for $450 million as an effort to compete with industry leader EMC.

Due to the end of their Invicta storage line, nearly all of the Whiptail staff has been laid off, although the details on the number of those affected by the layoffs in uncertain. From the beginning the Invicta product line has suffered from “quality” issues and customer complaints leading Cisco to halt shipments of the arrays in 2014.

According to Business Insider, Cisco closed down Invicta because the organization, “recognized that the Invicta technology would not be able to change in a way that would be required to meet future market needs. Accordingly, we decided now was the right time to announce its End of Life. In doing so, we are able to continue investing in building world-class data center solutions via UCS product innovations.”



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Reliant Reading List - 5 Data Storage Links We Loved This WeekWe 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: StorageSwiss, CIO.com, SearchStorage, and more.

1. Are You Operating Your Own Shadow IT Department?

“There's no question that cloud computing now plays a big role in most of our lives, although many people may not even realise it. Mobile phones, computers, games consoles, cars, connected appliances, watches... the list goes on. All of these connected devices now need to be regularly synced to the cloud in order for...”



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Questions to ask a potential support vendor

Are you considering third-party maintenance for your organization? As with any major investment, it is important to do your research to help you make an educated decision. When researching potential support vendors, you should come armed with questions to gain a better understanding of the services offered to find the right vendor for your organization’s specific needs. To better prepare you for researching independent support vendors, we are bringing you this interview guide for evaluating potential third-party maintenance vendors. The first installment of this series will provide questions surrounding support for multiple OEM brands as well as parts testing and coverage.

Can the Vendor Provide Support for Multiple OEM-System Brands?

One of the complications with choosing OEM support for your storage, server, and networking equipment is...



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Reliant Reading List - 5 Data Storage Links We Loved This WeekWe 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: EMC’s Big Data Blog, InfoStor, Enterprise Storage Forum and more.

1. What Are The Real Effects Of Climate Change? EMC Utilizes Data Science To Find Out

Contributing to social good is now literally at everyone’s fingertips. That is why EMC and Earthwatch Institute have teamed up to encourage citizens to become data collectors, or citizen scientists. Through the collection of more data sources, data scientists can...



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Reliant Technology 3 Ways You May Be Overspending on Third-Party Maintenance

One of the reasons that companies consider third-party maintenance for their data center hardware is that it can be more cost-effective than support from the OEM. While third-party maintenance can reduce the portion of your budget allocated for recurring maintenance charges, it is also important to remember to check that the ongoing support still fits your organization’s needs. In order to do that you must take a number of factors into account to avoid overspending in your maintenance budget. This blog will discuss the ways that organizations overspend on maintenance as well as how to avoid those same mistakes while not sacrificing quality third-party maintenance.

1. Poor Asset Management

Companies can end up overspending on third-party maintenance by not managing their assets correctly. When purchasing support...



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4 Ways to Save Money with Third-Party SupportRegardless of the size of the business that you operate, finding new and efficient ways to control costs is likely a top priority. One of the ways to accomplish that goal of controlling costs within your IT budget is by using third-party support for the equipment within your data center. Third-party support provides multiple benefits for your organization - in addition to just saving you money. So, what are some of the ways you can save with third-party maintenance?

1. Flexible Contracts

Third-party support allows you to pay for the services that your equipment actually requires. You are not forced into having Level 1 support for all the equipment within your data center. Instead...



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Reliant Reading List - 5 Data Storage Links We Loved This WeekWe 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: TechGyo, CIO.com, ZDNet, and more.    

1. The Importance of Data Storage for Both Businesses and Individuals

“Less than a decade ago, the internet was something used by businesses to send information to each other, and people to browse cat pictures. Now it is used...



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Reliant Technology - Cost of Third-Party SupportWhen purchasing maintenance and support for your IT infrastructure, there will be multiple options to choose from and each will differ in price. Depending on the industry and size of the company, maintenance services can consume up to two-thirds of any given IT budget. So, choosing a cost-effective IT hardware support provider that doesn’t sacrifice service quality is key. Third-party support allows for a flexible maintenance service agreement tailored specifically to your organization.

But how much does third-party maintenance actually cost? The short answer? It depends. The cost of third-party support for your data center hardware will vary depending on the SLA you....



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Third-Party Maintenance: What You Need to KnowMaking the decision to move towards third-party IT maintenance brings with it a wide range of benefits that can't be ignored. For starters, it's a terrific way to begin saving your business money almost immediately without giving up any of the quality or reliability that your team is known for. It's also a great way to organize your expenses in a way that is much easier to predict thanks to the nature of these agreements. third-party maintenance does, however, require you to keep a few key things in mind.

Evaluation

Just as you and your closest competitor are probably two very different organizations even though you're operating in the same industry, the same concept is true of...



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