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How Do You Make a Difference?

Posted on September 4, 2014 in Knowledge and Learning

Reid Smith-Vaniz

The Golden Circle

Don’t we all want to make a difference, create an impact, and live out a significant purpose? Simon Senek has given a great Ted talk in which he explains what he calls the Golden Circle. The basic idea is that we are all desperately seeking to link the “why” with the “what” and the “how” of what we do. If you have not watched the video, I highly recommend it. It’s powerful, and it is shaping my thoughts about who we are and what we can become. 

Most people are highly skilled at explaining what they do, and how they do it—but not why. The best communicators explain the why first—something I am always trying to get better at. Here is a quick picture from Simon's book:




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Reid Smith-Vaniz
Used EMC and NetApp Storage

I've heard this question a lot over the years from EMC and NetApp customers, and it's a good one. I think it starts when people are learning that they can save quite a few dollars by going used, but then risk comes into play, and people start asking questions. The real questions behind this first question (and quite frankly, I don't blame you for asking them) might be:

     • Can I trust that it will work?
     • How was it used in the past?
     • Will I look stupid if I buy it?



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Reid Smith-Vaniz

ROWEI had never heard of ROWE until 2011, when I was exposed to the concept by David Cummings, founder of Pardot. Pardot is known for its exceptional work culture, and David also introduced me to the Entrepreneurs Organization, a collection of business owners which, coincidently, had also implemented ROWE. The culture at many of these small companies seemed to be thriving, and I was always looking to improve our own. I started to do some research.



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EMC World 2014: 10 Takeaways

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Industry News

EMC World 2014: 10 Takeaways

 

EMC World 2014Reliant was able to attend EMC World for the first time this year. We learned a lot about our peers, the industry and the future of storage. The sheer amount of information from these types of events is similar to, say, drinking water from a fire hose. But with 5 representatives from Reliant at the conference, we were able to walk away with some key information to help us better serve our customers.

Here are the 10 most important things we learned:



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Reliant recognized for exceptional human resources practices.

Atlanta's Best and BrightestAtlanta - Reliant Technology has been awarded the prestigious honor of one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Reliant will be honored by the National Association for Business Resources on Tuesday, June 17th.

An independent research firm evaluated each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories, including compensation, benefits, employee enrichment, diversity and more.




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Used NetAppUsed NetApp has a number of useful applications within a storage environment. If you’re looking to add capacity to your production array or arrays, NetApp is widely available on the used market and offers a significant discount from what you might pay for new hardware.



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EMC UpgradesMany customers come to us asking about pricing on EMC upgrades. While many storage admins replace hardware based on the age of the device, this is rarely a good indicator based on the fact that many “older” devices are nowhere close to max capacity. In addition, third-party maintenance and support plans give you more options to maintain your current devices for longer and avoid an unnecessary upgrade. The questions below are much better indicators as to when and why you should replace storage hardware.



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Data Center

By Kyle Christopher

Emerson Network Power recently conducted a survey called the “Data Center 2025 Project.” The project surveyed data center professionals who were asked to imagine what data centers might look like 11 years from now. The consensus was that data centers will be much smaller, and power densities higher with the majority of IT workloads moved to cloud computing platforms.

To put it in perspective, let’s look back 11 years to 2003, the era of the dot-com bust. There was a surplus of data center capacity, rack densities were in the 250 watt to 1.5 kW range, and there was no such thing as social media.



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If you’re checking out this video, you’re looking for EMC drives and you probably got a couple of problems you’re trying to solve.

- You’ve got a capacity problem on your storage array.

- You’ve got a performance problem on your storage array. 

If you’re looking for disk drives in your EMC system, you’re probably going to have to ask yourself a few questions.



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Software Defined StorageUnderstanding all the talk about software-defined storage technology can be quite confusing.  As an independent reseller of used EMC and NetApp, we hear lots of misconceptions thrown around about what software-defined storage is.

A basic understanding of the architecture of a storage array can be helpful here. The array is comprised of magnetic or solid-state storage components set up in trays and set in a rack operated by a controller.  The controller is usually a PC motherboard that runs a regular operating system like Windows or Linux.  The system can run on RAID software or some other software products that add value by delivering services such as thin provisioning, compression, and inline data deduplication. 



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