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Maintenance is the foundation of risk mitigation in the technical business world. It would be very risky to implement any technology without an effective method to handle equipment failure. Any failure can impact the operational stability of a system. Most businesses expect systems to be operational with minimal downtime.

Business projects, technical projects and maintenance projects compete with the basic housekeeping and administration costs for every dollar in your budget. Warranty and technical support for your data center are those rare frustrating things that eat up budget but are not often used.

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What's The Difference?: EOL, EOSL, EOA, EOS

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   May 31, 2019

EOSL, EOL, EOS, EOAWhen a particular vendor schedules hardware for End of Service Life, it can be a difficult time for the customers who use those products on a daily basis. Not only do you have to worry about what that means for the future of your EMC or NetApp products, but you also have a variety of different dates to keep track of in your head. EOSL, EOL, EOS and EOA are all abbreviations that are incredibly important to know. Keeping track of exactly what these abbreviations mean will go a long way towards helping you make the right decisions moving forward. So what exactly is the difference between all these different terms?


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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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