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Object StorageObject storage systems are gaining growth in big data circles, especially in oil and gas, media and entertainment. Storage area networks (SAN) need expanding options without sharing primary storage. Some advantages of an object storage system are the lack of necessity to have a single namespace for cache conservancy; instead the owner can store loosely related blocks of data without a metadatabase. The data is based on its own standard, not the physical location of the storage. This allows the data to scale based on the rule or standard, instead of being based on the storage location.



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Flash StorageAs a third-party reseller of used EMC and refurbished NetApp, we are receiving more and more questions about flash systems and drives. Flash can be a great addition to your environment and give you exceptional speed and capacity. But it’s still fairly costly to add, so you’ll want to be smart about where you use flash. It’s not necessary everywhere. Spinning disks can still give you what you need. This article will help you evaluate flash storage systems.



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By Kyle Christopher

Samsung FireIt’s never good when your data center catches on fire. It’s probably worse when parts of the building start falling off as a result. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday at a Samsung data center in Gwacheon, South Korea. Interestingly enough, the resulting data outage affected Samsung devices on a global scale, including smart TVs, phones, Blu-ray players, the Samsung “Apps Mobile” store and tablets; in essence, anything that utilizes Samsung servers to operate. When you’re a global communications and electronics company, you probably want to be prepared for the worst, right?




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Here are five secrets to save you anywhere from 30 to 70 percent when it comes to your storage budget.

Secret #1: There's a service we perform called disk swap. If you've got a storage array and you need additional capacity one thing you might be able to do is re-purpose that array, swap out some of those drives for larger size drives.



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Heartbleed: 2 Big Takeaways

Posted on April 18, 2014 in Industry News



By Kyle Christopher

The heartbleed attack was all the talk this week, and rightly so. This vulnerability allowed malicious code to view snippets of active memory from an SSL-enabled process. This meant that an attacker could siphon active memory from a Web process without any trace. They could basically keep siphoning small chunks of memory until they found what they wanted, whether it be user names, file data, passwords, etc. (Source: Infoworld).

There have been lots of tips, solutions, methods and advice on how to address the issue. Aside from that, there are two big takeaways from this vulnerability in my opinion. Here they are:



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By Kyle Christopher

A bomb threat cleared a Google Data Center in Berkeley County, South Carolina this morning. Local media reported that a note was found which stated that a bomb would be activated at 9 a.m. As of the publishing of this article, no threat was found.



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Used EMC Data ProtectionBackup-to-disk is a top priority for most of the IT directors we work with. Often we find that used EMC solutions will do the trick to get a quick backup-to-disk solution in place. This may include EMC drives or NetApp drives, but could also include VNX, EMC CX4 or refurbished NetApp, depending on your environment. By backing up data and storing it in a remote location, you can ensure that in the case of natural disaster, hacking, or data corruption, they will still have the information that they need for their business.



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SLAsAs an independent storage provider of used EMC, refurbished NetApp and more, we encounter customers with huge data storage needs. Oftentimes, a quick upgrade using EMC drives or a EMC CX4 system will do the trick. But in today’s age of information technology, storage companies exist not only to store data, but to utilize this data for informational purposes. These can include services such as those offered by Google Docs and Microsoft’s Cloud. 



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3M Novec Liquid CoolingAre your data center cooling expenses adding up? Then immerse those storage arrays in water.

This week 3M demonstrated advanced cooling technology for the “Data Center of the Future.” This new two-phase immersion cooling is meant to reduce water consumption and energy, while simultaneously increasing supercomputer efficiency.

The growth of big data is requiring data centers to deliver more performance and storage with less energy consumption.



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Cloud StorageThe need for cloud services has grown exponentially over the years. It seems to be more convenient to operate and work using cloud services. However, opting for a cloud storage service would require in-depth knowledge of how it works and how it will benefit your organization.

Cloud storage is a model of collaborative data that can be remotely accessed from anywhere. The virtualization of extraordinary amounts of data is stored on dedicated servers’ offsite.  The revolution has caught the attention of stakeholders and business owners due to its cost-efficiency and swift operation. 



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