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There are a number of benefits when it comes to purchasing pre-owned IT equipment. The secondary market for storage, server, and networking equipment is ripe with savings on quality hardware.

But venturing outside of the OEM can be nerve-racking especially with all the misconceptions and myths surrounding used IT hardware. As a team dedicated to new and used storage, server, and networking equipment, we’re here to separate fact from fiction.

Myth #1: Used IT Hardware Can’t be Supported

This is simply not true. There are independent support vendors dedicated to...



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We have scoured the web for our favorite posts and articles about all things data storage from industry news to interesting insights, and now we’re bringing them right to you. So what are we reading? This week’s Reliant Reading List features tips on effective IT decision making as well as the growing competition in all flash data storage.

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: TechSpective, Smart Data Collective, and more.

1. 12 Game-Changing Technologies Fueling the Data-Driven Enterprise

From Database Trends and Applications

"The data manager now sits in the center of a revolution swirling about enterprises. In today’s up-and-down global economy, opportunities and threats are coming in from a number of directions..."



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At the risk of stating the obvious, flash storage is a pretty big deal in the data storage world. The introduction of solid state drives (SSD) has changed the way we manage and store data on our computers and in our enterprise storage environments. Data storage giants like EMC and NetApp have met the demands for flash storage with a variety of hybrid flash and all flash array options.

With SSD drives becoming a more popular storage solution the question of whether to use SSD drives in your data center has quickly changed to when should you implement SSD drives in your data center.  

With that being said, we’re here to give you a few dos and don’ts when it comes to implementing SSD drives.

DON’T: Deploy Flash Storage Without a Storage Strategy


Every drive type serves a purpose and has its own intricacies that...



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What would you do if we told you that you could have a data center without waste? We’re not just talking about reducing your environmental footprint, but also decreasing waste of administration costs, physical space, and other resources. Sounds efficient, right?

Taking the time to manage your IT assets can increase data center efficiency while cutting waste. Imagine purchasing a storage array, upgrading when needed, supporting your array for as long as you need to without EOL constraints, then when you’re ready to decommission your equipment you generate revenue for new hardware and ensure the safety of your company data. Putting some IT asset management best practices into place can help you do all those things, and cut data center waste.

What is IT Asset Management?

Asset management is the process of tracking hardware and software to...



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We have scoured the web for our favorite posts and articles about all things data storage from industry news to interesting insights, and now we’re bringing them right to you. So what are we reading? This week’s Reliant Reading List features everything from storing data in bacteria, to the risks posed by cloud storage.

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: ComputerWeekly, Database Trends and Applications, CatchNews, and more.

1. Healthcare IT Pros Harbor Concerns Over Security Issues

From eWeek

"Data privacy and security are still primary concerns due to recent ransomware attacks on hospitals, according to 59 percent of survey respondents. Now more than ever hospitals are seeing the benefits and efficiencies of moving toward outsourcing and trusting the cloud, cited by an up to 50 percent increase in..."



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Working in the IT industry means being able to change at a moment’s notice. There are emerging technologies pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo of how we manage data.

These new technologies have made their way into many industries and sectors of business, but we specifically see the change in data storage hardware support. Many are left wondering “how can I keep up with data storage trends without the funds?”

IT managers know this all too well. They must constantly work within budget and operational constraints. One of the largest constraints being OEM support prices skyrocketing after the initial maintenance agreement ends, making third party support an inevitable part of maintaining your data center.

With third party support offering savings of up to 70%, IT managers can now keep up with new technological trends like big data analytics, the Cloud, and green data center initiatives  without breaking the bank.

Moving to the Cloud

The advent of the cloud has shaken up the data storage world, to say the least. More and more often we’re seeing companies move hardware...



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EMC FAST: What You Need To Know

Posted on June 15, 2016 in EMC

Since its announcement in 2010, EMC FAST has been a storage software product of choice for many EMC customers. This is in large part due to the cost-saving benefits. FAST, or Fully Automated Storage Tiering, allows you to prioritize data based on how much it is accessed. So we talked with one of our EMC engineers to get the full rundown of how EMC storage tiering helps your storage environment.

Outside of the ability to save money, because well, who doesn’t like that? Automated storage tiering helps enterprises reduce their environmental footprint, cut hours of manual storage administration, and increase efficiency in your data center altogether.

EMC FAST Saves You Money

EMC’s automated storage tiering software utilizes a variety of EMC drives to optimize performance while reducing costs . So, what does this mean?



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We have scoured the web for our favorite posts and articles about all things data storage from industry news to interesting insights, and now we’re bringing them right to you. This week’s Reliant Reading List features topics like the future of NAS as well as changing data center technologies.

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: Enterprise Storage Forum, StorageNewsletter, and more.

1. The Future of NAS Data Storage

From Enterprise Storage Forum

"According to International Data Corp. (IDC), file-based data storage continues to be a thriving market. Spending on file-based storage solutions is expected to increase to more than $34.6 billion in 2016. Further, file based storage accounts for two thirds of the..."



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Securing your organization’s data should be a top priority. Whether you’re responsible for client records, employee information, or financials you’ll want to be sure that data is guarded. Data destruction is one of the most important steps in keeping your company’s sensitive data out of harm’s way. It is especially crucial when planning to sell or trade-in your used IT hardware. You may think that using the delete function on your equipment is sufficient, but that’s not the case.

Blancco Technology and Kroll Ontrack conducted a global study concluding that 48% of hard drives and SSDs sold on major reseller websites, like Amazon and eBay, contained residual...



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We have scoured the web for our favorite posts and articles about all things data storage from industry news to interesting insights, and now we’re bringing them right to you. This week’s Reliant Reading List discusses everything from storage advice for healthcare CIOs to NetApp’s SolidFire software.

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: TechTarget, eWeek, CIO, and more.

1. Storage Advice for Healthcare CIOs: Tech to Support a Storage Plan

From TechTarget

"What storage advice do you have for healthcare CIOs in terms of the characteristics they should be looking for in a robust storage technology?John Ward: First off, things are moving away from spinning disk, and they're going to flash. So you've got to look at..."



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