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21
January

10 Considerations for Your Next Storage System

Capacity Planning & Upgrades   •   January 21, 2010

Data explosion - sound familiar?
Everywhere we look data is growing at an exponential rate. VMWare, Oracle and Exchange are just a few of the various drivers of storage growth causing people to reevaluate storage platforms.

As IT architects, SAN administrators and Storage professionals approach the task of storage re-architecture, here are a few important points to consider:



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7
January

Secrets About Used EMC Clariion Storage

EMC   •   January 7, 2010

1. Buying used EMC CLARiiON storage can typically save you an additional $10,000 to $25,000 per tray of disk.

What could you do with that kind of money in your pocket? New VMWare tools? Maybe upgrade your backup solution? Maybe a justification to setup a raise or bonus structure for your team?

2. Not all used EMC CLARiiON storage equipment is old.

No one buys EMC 9GB drives anymore! You can purchase quality, current used EMC CLARiiON hardware - such as used EMC 450GB fiber channel drives and used EMC 1TB SATA drives. Trade-in options are also available.



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27
August

6 Tips To Improve Storage System Performance

IT Budget Savings   •   August 27, 2009

Six key tips to help reduce the cost and complexity to build high performing storage environments.

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18
August

Disaster Recovery Exodus

IT Budget Savings   •   August 18, 2009

Are the explosive costs in your disaster recovery contract causing you to rethink your disaster recovery solution? Over the last several years there has been a rush to find a way to bail out of these disaster recovery contracts and take back in-house control of the DR process.

Besides costs and lack of control, minimal disaster recovery testing time and the “first come first serve” policy are also are motivating factors to drop your disaster recovery all together. One of the biggest reasons driving this exodus – is that disaster recovery managers are finally realizing that DR can be in-sourced for a much lower cost then they first thought.



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18
August

How to Save $1.3 Million on a Data Warehouse Project

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   August 18, 2009

Why do data warehouse projects cost a fortune? Oracle, IBM DB2 and other solutions, while having a high ROI for the business, often require significant investment in software, hardware and services to implement a solution.

Fast forward to a full DR strategy and multiply that infrastructure by TWO – and now you have a serious investment on your hands.

Scenario
Recently one of the top nation-wide grocery stores in the United States had this exact problem on their hands: How could they build a world-class data warehouse solution without blowing their budget? A few options were available:



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