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September

The More You Know: Measure Storage Performance with IOPS, Latency, Throughput

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   September 20, 2016

Storage Performance Metrics: IOPS, Throughput, Latency

Applications are the core of your data center. Whether simple or complex, clients and employees expect quick response times from every application they use. This is why optimizing storage performance remains a top priority for CIOs. Yet, with the advent of flash, the storage industry tends to mislead buyers when it comes to measuring performance.



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8
September

The More You Know Series: Benefits of Hybrid Cloud

Industry News & Trends   •   September 8, 2016

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The conversation around cloud computing and data storage has usually been a heated one. Some organizations have moved to the cloud despite potential risks, while others have reservations about moving their data for security reasons. However, there is no right or wrong answer. Once taking stock of data and applications, many organizations find that a mix of cloud and on premises IT assets works best. This is where the...



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25
August

Thin Provisioning vs Thick Provisioning: Which One is Best For You?

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   August 25, 2016

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No matter your role in a data center, enhancing storage performance is usually a top priority. This is especially true for enterprise applications that are accessed the most. One common practice when it comes to addressing performance and storage needs is provisioning. According to TechTarget, storage provisioning is the process of assigning storage to optimize performance. When it comes to provisioning, thin or thick is usually the question at hand. There are benefits and downsides to both. Today we will go over the pros and cons as well as some best use cases for thin provisioning and thick provisioning.



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8
August

Storage Vendor Showdown: NetApp vs Nimble

Industry News & Trends   •   August 8, 2016

Storage giants like Dell/EMC, IBM, and NetApp have stood the test of time evolving in a changing IT landscape. But the days of only having a few storage vendor options are gone. Newcomers to the field like Nimble, Pure, and Cohesity continue to disrupt long held data storage practices. Comparing these storage vendors can sometimes feel like...



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2
August

Storage environments can differ based on the industry, size of the organization, and many other deciding factors. But there is one commonality that they all share, at some point organizational growth and storage needs have to be addressed. IT managers must find solutions to capacity and performance issues on a daily basis. Purchasing a new disk array enclosure (DAE) for your EMC hardware is a cost-effective way to increase...



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26
July

Who provides support for your NetApp storage hardware is one of the biggest decisions you can make for your data center. If your NetApp filer is approaching End of Availability (EOA) or End of Support  (EOS) like the FAS2000 series, now is as great a time as any to consider third party NetApp support. But where do you start? With OEM support prices skyrocketing after the initial 3-year support contract, third party support has become...



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19
July

How-To Series: How to Replace a Failed EMC Drive

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   July 19, 2016

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...



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11
July

3 Trends Changing the Face of Healthcare IT

Industry News & Trends   •   July 11, 2016

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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1
July

5 Myths About Used IT Hardware

Industry News & Trends   •   July 1, 2016

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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24
June

3 Dos & Don'ts When it Comes to Using SSD in Your Data Center

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   June 24, 2016

At the risk of stating the obvious, flash storage is a pretty big deal in the data storage world. The introduction of solid state drives (SSD) has changed the way we manage and store data on our computers and in our enterprise storage environments. Data storage giants like EMC and NetApp have met the demands for flash storage with a variety of hybrid flash and all flash array options.

With SSD drives becoming a more popular storage solution the question of whether to use SSD drives in your data center has quickly changed to when should you implement SSD drives in your data center.  

With that being said, we’re here to give you a few dos and don’ts when it comes to implementing SSD drives.

DON’T: Deploy Flash Storage Without a Storage Strategy


Every drive type serves a purpose and has its own intricacies that...



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