Hot Rods and Storage Arrays

IT Budget Savings   •   September 19, 2011

Hot Rod Trophy

I know — it’s a stretch, but stay with me on this for a minute.

Every weekend across the good ole USA, there’s a car show. For car enthusiasts, chrome and steel fuse with heart and soul and bring chill bumps to the crustiest of characters.

It’s a place where tried and true is treasured; a place where enduring quality is universally appreciated.

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IBM Storage Savings

So you've been working with your certified IBM business partner for 15 years, and it's been a very pleasant relationship. After all, IBM VARs are great for consulting you through a project, providing the necessary hardware and software, helping you implement the solution, and supporting that solution afterwards.

However, on this particular occasion, you just want to add some capacity to one of your existing storage systems without having to pay the typical premiums associated with that level of service. You need it quickly, and you don't think it should be a big ordeal.

Fortunately, you're already on the right track. Here are three easy ways to add capacity without the budgetary pains of services and additional maintenance.

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EMC Storage Capacity Planning - 7 Considerations

IT Budget Savings   •   July 19, 2011

EMC Storage Planning

Without proper storage capacity management, it is impossible to keep pace with the massive data growth of today’s EMC storage environments. Here are 7 things to consider when formulating a capacity planning strategy or deciding their current and future needs when purchasing a storage system.

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5 Tips To Avoid Storage Installation Nightmares

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   June 6, 2011

Storage Hardware Installation

So you’ve found a hardware vendor who understands your needs, sized an appropriate storage solution, and acquired signatures for the project. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief, right?

Not quite.

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SAN Upgrade

Replacing or upgrading your existing storage array can be a daunting task, since the performance and availability of your business applications hang on what system you decide to use.

Be sure to choose a system or system upgrade that accommodates both short term and long term strategies for growth. While there is no perfect choice as trade-offs exist in all storage offerings, there are several questions you can ask yourself to help guide you in the decision-making process.

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5 Tips to Reduce Cost of a Disaster Recovery Build-Out

IT Budget Savings   •   December 8, 2010

A disaster recovery site build is a huge undertaking, with multiple points of financial risk that can undermine the project. This write-up discusses ways that you can reduce cost (December Specials Listed Here) and mitigate risk in your disaster recovery project.

Repurpose Equipment
Saving valuable datacenter space in your production location could fund 100% of your DR project. Consider moving, upgrading and repurposing development, testing or aging production equipment from your primary site to DR. This way you can bring in newer technology to the primary location and transition aging IT assets to the DR location. By doing so you not only reduce the IT capital expense of your DR project; you also free up data center floor space in your production location and provide an opportunity to refresh equipment at your primary location.

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