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The Real Cost of Reactive Upgrades

IT Budget Savings   •   May 7, 2019

“Reduce cost, increase functionality and improve business operations” is the battle cry of many businesses. IT is continuously battling a world of infrastructure components and applications while also dealing with a myriad of old and new technologies. Adding complication, everyone's an expert and has not only an opinion, but “the” solution. Obsolete hardware just adds another hazard to the mix.

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7 Mistakes Savvy CIO's Don't Make When Negotiating with the OEM

IT Budget Savings   •   April 15, 2019

By paying attention to the details, and managing the process, you have the opportunity to recognize significant rewards. Just as any project, this one takes time, focus and attention. A savvy IT Leader will not allow these mistakes to jeopardize the maintenance negotiations.

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Tips for Building Your Own Private Cloud

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   March 27, 2019

At this point in time, it’s an undeniable fact that the cloud is here to stay. However, because of concerns over costs, security, regulations and more, moving to the cloud can be challenging; so for that reason and others, it may not be for everyone. One way around these challenges is to consider building a private cloud for your business. While some security risks might still exist when compared to a traditional on-premise solution, the biggest risk of a shared third-party accessing your businesses sensitive information is greatly reduced with private cloud. Contrary to popular belief, while at first glance it may seem like implementing a private cloud will be extremely expensive, it is more affordable than you think.

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4 Must Haves When Choosing an ITAD Partner

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   November 8, 2017

Choosing an IT Asset Disposition PartnerChoosing who provides IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) services for your storage, server, and networking hardware is one of the biggest decisions you can make for your IT infrastructure. ITAD is usually an afterthought for many IT shops, but that is beginning to change thanks to the increasing need for safe and environmentally friendly disposal of data center hardware. But ITAD includes more than just retiring your assets, so where do you start? Picking a partner...

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3 Ways to Minimize RAID Failure in Your Storage Array

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

RAID best practicesRedundant Array of Independent Disks, or RAID is a fundamental part of your storage system and usually the first line of defense when something goes wrong. But with RAID being so important, it’s no surprise that data storage administrators want to do everything possible...

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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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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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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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4 Benefits of Leasing Data Center Hardware

IT Budget Savings   •   May 30, 2017

Data Center Leasing HardwareWhile it's true that IT is and will always be the spine of any modern day operation, the days of owning all of the IT products and services within a company are long gone. Technology continues to advance at a break-neck pace - spending huge amounts of money today on a deployment that will be woefully inadequate six months is something you simply cannot afford to do in such a competitive marketplace.

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Third Party Support Checklist: Picking a Vendor

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   May 9, 2017

Which third party support provider is best?In terms of the type of third party support that your business will come to depend on, picking the right vendor comes down to more than just dollars and cents. While it's true that price will always be a concern, most third party support contracts are already built in a way that allows you to save 40% to 70% off OEM alternatives. Instead, you need to dig a fair bit deeper than that to make sure you're making the right choice to meet today's challenges AND tomorrow's ever evolving requirements at the same time.

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