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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, we bring you 4 tips to innovate your IT department and more on the Dell/EMC merger.

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: Top Tech News, The Data Center Journal, TechSpective, and more.

1. 4 Major Blind Spots In Your Security (and How to Fix Them)

"Take a close look at how most companies have approached information security, and you’ll notice a recurring theme. We’ve become experts at building castles, with towers, drawbridges, moats, sentries, and ever-more-complex locks. We secure our organizations..."



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All-flash arrays have become wildly popular in the data storage world thanks to their ability to boost performance and increase efficiency. Some of the most popular all-flash systems come from NetApp, Pure, Nimble, and EMC. While there are many benefits to an all-flash system, it has largely been unattainable for many data centers due to IT budget constraints. Traditionally, IT managers have preferred the more economical approach of hybrid-flash arrays, opting to tier data using a mix of hard disk drives and solid state drives.

With multiple vendors now offering more affordable all-flash options such as...



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Do you have an EMC storage array in your environment? Reliant Technology’s EMC engineering experts are here to help you with a series of How-To videos for you to use as a guide in your data center.

Our first how to? Learning how to identify a failed drive in an EMC storage array and install the spare.Replacing a failed drive yourself is easy if you keep spare parts on site. This allows you to minimize downtime and get your mission critical assets back up and running.

This tip also works for various storage manufacturers. The difference between vendors is how the failed drive is displayed. Some enclosure vendors have lights on the racks to indicate that there is a failed drive. The drive itself also includes two lights, the second of which will be yellow if the drive has failed.



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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, Healthcare IT News explores how stressed out Health IT pros are and some of the top SSD market trends for enterprises.

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: Data Center Knowledge, InfoStor, and more.

1. Report: US NoLonger Lowest-Risk Country for Data Centers

"There are more data centers in the US than anywhere else, and until at least three years ago, building a data center in the US was less risky than building one in any other country. According to recent risk analysis of global data center locations by..."



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EMC Unity platform was announced at EMC World this year. With 2016 named “the year of all flash”, the Unity platform is the first midrange flash offering from the storage giant. This may raise a few questions if you’re a current EMC user trying to figure out what the Unity release means for your environment. Let’s answer some of those questions.

1. What is EMC Unity?

EMC Unity is the newest line of arrays meant to optimize flash as a primary storage approach. These models include hybrid flash configurations Unity 300, Unity 400, Unity 500, and Unity 600 and the all-flash configurations include Unity 300F, Unity 400F, Unity 500F, and Unity 600F.



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Data demands continue to skyrocket across industries and healthcare is no exception. Emerging technologies and trends continue to revolutionize the way IT professionals manage and store data. By deploying solutions like Flash and utilizing the Cloud, the healthcare industry  has experienced leaps in data storage.

So, what do today’s tech trends mean for IT managers in healthcare?

Flash Storage

The introduction of flash has shaken up healthcare IT as much as any other industry. While other organizations implement flash to give them a competitive edge, for healthcare professionals the stakes are...



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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, are those old IT assets causing new security problems?

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: Forbes, The New Stack, CIOInsight, and more.

1. Strong Spending on Cloud IT Infrastructure in 2016: $37 Billion – IDC

"According to International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 15.5% in 2016 to reach $37.1 billion..."



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EMC CLARiiON CX4 storage arrays are approaching End of Service Life (EOSL) December 2016. When your EMC hardware reaches EOSL, IT managers must make decisions based on performance and capacity needs.  So, do you keep your CX4-120, CX4-240, CX4-480, CX4-960? Or should you upgrade to the latest and greatest EMC equipment?

This is just one of the many questions we receive from EMC users. The answer isn’t always simple, it depends. We sat down with one of our EMC storage specialists to help answer some of the most pressing questions when it comes to your CLARiiON CX4 storage array.



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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, IBM storage has a new boss and many used hard drives from eBay and Craigslist contain leftover data.

This week’s top articles come from a variety of sources: The Register, iTWire, and more.

1. 19 Techniques to Control the Chaos in Data Storage

From ComputerWorld

"There’s very little in this world that can’t generate data – anything that has measurable activity will do it. That includes nearly everything in the business environment, and organizations’ demand for that information is insatiable. But before data can be analyzed and acted upon..."



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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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