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Reliant Technology - Top 5 VNX5300 Admin Mistakes

Welcome to part 2 of our series about the WORST things you can do with a VNX5300 storage system. If you missed part 1 about using thin provisioning when thick provisioning is a better solution, then read up here.

These top admin mistakes for the VNX5300 storage system come from one of Reliant’s EMC VNX engineering experts, and we want to ensure that you can understand why these mistakes may occur and how to avoid them. So, what is another thing our engineering expert thinks is one of the biggest mistakes you can make with a VNX5300?

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Reliant Technology - Top 5 VNX5300 Admin MistakesWhat’s the worst thing you can do with a VNX5300? The honest truth is probably to spend too much money on the system, then proceed to never use it, but instead drop it off the side of a skyscraper, run it over with a bulldozer, blow it up with dynamite, set fire to the tiny remaining pieces, and give it a proper burial by sprinkling the ashes across the ocean. That’s probably the absolute worst thing you could do with a VNX5300. However, we certainly hope you wouldn’t do that - even though we’re pretty sure it would be amazing to watch.

We asked one of our engineering experts at Reliant what he thinks are the top 5 biggest mistakes you can make with a VNX5300. He gave us a list of mistakes that include technical mistakes, all the way to mismanagement of the system itself.

Since each of these VNX5300 mistakes can seriously affect your system performance and company’s bottom line, we want to take the time to explain each one thoroughly - and how best to avoid them in the first place. We’re creating this series about the 5 worst things you can do with a VNX5300 - so you’ll have to check our Storage Blog to find out each of the 5 mistakes.

But, we don’t want to create a blog post without telling you at least one of the mistakes. What’s one of the top 5 mistakes you can make with a VNX5300 according to one of Reliant’s EMC VNX engineering experts? 

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Reliant Reading ListWe 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: Fortune, TechCrunch, Database Trends and Applications, and more.

1. How Google’s Networking Infrastructure Has Evolved Over The Last 10 Years

From TechCrunch

“Google today announced that it wants to fix your home Wi-Fi, but internally, it has long been working on far more complex networking issues. To connect the hundreds of thousands of machines that make up a Google data center, you can’t just use a few basic routers



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Upgrading your NetApp storage equipment can seem daunting if you’re unsure about the process. When upgrading your data center you’ll have to answer questions like: do you even need to upgrade? Which type of upgrade would be best for your specific situation? There are many factors that go into upgrading your NetApp filer. In this blog we aim to help you understand what upgrading actually means as well as which options are available to you.

System Upgrades vs. Capacity Upgrades

The term “upgrade” itself can be tricky to understand - even though, on the surface level, it seems to be common sense. “Upgrade” can have two different meanings...

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5 Support Must-Haves

When it comes to support for your storage, server, or networking hardware, there can be a lot of potential vendor options for you out there. So, how do you know which is the right fit for you? How do you determine what is a “nice-to-have” versus a “must-have?” Well, we are providing you with a list of what we think are the 5 things any support provider MUST have.

1. Accelerated Service & Response Times

Your mission-critical equipment requires minimum downtime, so rapid response and accelerated service is imperative to get that storage, server, or networking hardware back up and running if it fails. Do you need to keep spare parts on-site for your most critical equipment? Ask a potential support vendor whether or not they can provide on-site spares. This can minimize downtime by placing the spares on-site where you would not even have to wait for a support engineer to arrive.

2. Flexible Support Agreements

Support isn’t a “one-SLA-fits-all” scenario. Each organization will have needs that vary. You may feel more ...

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Reliant Reading ListWe 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: FierceBigData, CIO.com, Data Informed and more.

1. Do Your Security Homework Before Storing Big Data in the Cloud

From TechRepublic

“A majority of big data originates beyond enterprise walls and systems of records (SOR). This data streams in from corporate websites; it emanates from machines and sensors; and…”



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There are many benefits to purchasing third-party support for your data center. Depending upon the size of the industry and company, maintenance and support can consume up to two-thirds of your IT budget. By implementing third-party support you can receive the level of service that you need while reducing the cost of support by 30-70%. In order to do this you must first choose the correct vendor for your organization. There are many factors that play into getting the best third-party support, like asking the right questions to properly evaluate potential vendors. The first two installments (Read Part 1 and Part 2) of this blog series have covered everything from...



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Reliant Technology - Storage Capacity Checklist As data growth continues to skyrocket within businesses across the globe, understanding capacity planning becomes increasingly more important to having a successful data center. There are multiple factors that must go into account when considering capacity growth for your storage arrays, but these components can become more complicated.

Planning a Capacity Upgrade for Your Storage Infrastructure

So, what do you do? What, at the very core, is important to take into account when planning a storage or capacity upgrade? In order to help simplify this process, we created the Storage & Capacity Planning Checklist - a 10-step checklist to

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Reliant Reading ListWe 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: TechRepublic, Enterprise CIO Forum, The Business Journals, and more.

1. 5 Decisions a CTO Needs to Make on Day One

From TechRepublic

In our ever-connected world, the role of chief technology officer (CTO) continues to rise in prominence as one of the key decision makers within a company. From traditional IT to web development and everything in between — the CTO's role is expanding by the day. As new technologies and innovations begin to disrupt the workflow of more and more industries and departments, the CTO must…”



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Can You Afford to Forget Data Center Hardware Support

A data center is a complex operation by its very nature, so oftentimes the daily requirements of just keeping everything moving forward can mean that you begin to spend less and less time thinking about equally important topics like maintenance. However, data center hardware support and general maintenance is hugely important for one very specific reason: without it, you're running the risk of downtime, poor performance, and more. All of these issues can lead to a dramatic halt in your business' ability to run properly (or even at all), costing you a huge amount of money in the process. 

Server, Storage, and Networking Support

Many people think of data center storage hardware, particularly a server, as a passive component. Once the files have found their place on a piece of storage equipment, they are essentially just "there" - the same way that you might put a book on a shelf and then forget about it. In reality, storage hardware is some of the most active hardware that a data center holds. A lack of the appropriate support and upkeep can lead to degradation, causing it to...



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