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August

IT Support Secrets: What the OEM Doesn't Want You to Know

Support & Maintenance   •   August 9, 2017

OEM Support SecretsHow long is your data center hardware actually useful? Depending on who your support provider is, the answer may vary. If you have EMC or NetApp support through the OEM, they will likely tell you the answer is 3-5 years. But as IT budgets begin to shrink, you may be wondering if this is true, and if not, what else could the OEM be hiding?



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1
August

IT Lifecycle Planning: 3 Tips You Need to Know

Lifecycle Planning   •   August 1, 2017

reliant reading list tabletAs the old saying goes, “those who fail to plan, plan to fail”. This quote is true for many things in life, including when it comes to managing your IT assets. There are few constants in the world of IT, but one thing that you can almost count on is the OEM declaring your IT hardware EOL while it still works for you. And with IT budget growth slowing down...



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27
July

What Makes A Great SysAdmin?

Industry News & Trends   •   July 27, 2017

SysAdmin Day 2017SysAdmins are the heart of any given business. They manage everything from your network infrastructure all the way down to your printers. In honor of System Administrator Appreciation Day, or SysAdmin Day, we wanted to talk about what makes a great SysAdmin with the focus on data storage and what it takes to succeed in a career as one. You have to be highly technically minded, willing to put up with a pretty intense work schedule, and learn to thrive in a high-pressure environment. Having those traits is a tall order for anyone.



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25
July

4 Support SLA Mistakes That Could be Hurting Your IT Budget

Support & Maintenance   •   July 25, 2017

IT support SLA mistakesWhen it comes to managing an entire data center, monitoring the type of support you’re getting can sometimes fall through the cracks. So often, IT professionals must focus on fixing issues and innovating without breaking the budget, that some fail to realize IT support could be a larger hinderance. With the ability to take up two-thirds of any given IT budget, these support SLA mistakes could be draining your pockets. So, what are some mistakes you could be making when it comes to data center support and how can you avoid them?



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20
July

Questions to Ask Before a Data Center Relocation: Part 2

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   July 20, 2017

data center relocation questionsWhether you’re moving because you’ve outgrown your current data center or you are anticipating growth in the coming years, it is important to plan accordingly for your data center relocation. We’ve already gone over a few questions to ask, so if you haven’t already, check out Part 1 before moving forward. So, what are some more questions you should ask yourself to minimize risk and downtime during your data center relocation?



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5
July

Questions to Ask Before a Data Center Relocation: Part 1

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   July 5, 2017

data center relocation tips & questions to askAre you planning for a data center relocation? There are a number of reasons an organization would need to consider a new data center space. Whether you’re moving because you’ve outgrown your current data center or you are anticipating growth in the coming years, it is important to plan



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27
June

Why You Should Consider an IT Infrastructure Audit

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   June 27, 2017

IT Infrastructure Audit benefitsWhen it comes to the IT infrastructure that your business relies so heavily on each day, many people don't realize that they're not looking at a "one-and-done" series of decisions. Technology is evolving rapidly, which means that the investment you made today may not be capable of meeting the demands of tomorrow and beyond.



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20
June

3 Terms to Know When Purchasing Third Party Support

Support & Maintenance   •   June 20, 2017

Making a decision on who provides support for your storage, server, and networking equipment is an important part of data center maintenance. Many vendors talk a good game when it comes to maintenance and support services, but can they cut it as your support provider?



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13
June

Data Erasure & Destruction: 3 Ways to Protect Your Data

Asset Recovery & ITAD   •   June 13, 2017

Data Erasure and Destruction OptionsGetting rid of your current IT hardware usually isn’t the most glamorous aspect of managing a data center, but let’s face it, it has to be done. Protecting your organization’s data should be a top priority. Whether you plan on disposing of your hardware completely or trading it in for more budget funds, it’s important to remember that you have options when it comes to protecting your employee, vendor, and customer data. So, what are some options for data erasure and destruction?



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7
June

Is Your VMAX Going EOSL? Know Your Options

EMC   •   June 7, 2017

VMAX EOSL support optionsIf you have a VMAX in your data center, you may be wondering what’s best for your system. EMC has announced several VMAX models will go End of Service Life or EOSL September 30, 2017. So what should you do? Should you move to a newer system? Or do you look for alternative support solutions for your current VMAX? No matter whether your hardware is EOL or EOSL, it’s important to know that you have options.



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