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Swimming to the top in a sea of server offerings

Evaluating server suppliers can be tough. In considering the Big Four, with similar options from the same chip manufacturers, NICs from the same networking vendors, and the same OEM’s disk and memory options, it can be difficult to look at servers as anything but a commodity. On the other hand, each server supplier has their …

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Top 10 Reasons to Refresh legacy DellEMC storage with PowerStore

As they say, all good things must come to an end.  Storage administrators with expiring DellEMC storage solutions know this better than anyone. Acquired by Dell in 2010, Compellent, later dubbed as SC, featured Auto-Tiering which proved as a nifty way to keep the most frequently accessed data on flash media, and tier less frequently …

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How Protected Are Your Backups Against Ransomware?

Ransomware today is big business for criminals, so profitable that we are seeing more organized crime and nation-state actors getting involved. The threat landscape today is larger than ever with supply chain attacks targeting major vendors and pushing compromised software updates as seen in the 2021 SolarWinds incident or shipping conglomerate Maersk in 2017. Each …

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Archive, Backup, and Disaster Recovery

Backing up, archiving, and preparing for disaster recovery are obviously related. They overlap, but each one names a different purpose. Doing a good job at one of them doesn’t mean they’re all covered. Let’s consider what each one involves. Backup The purpose of a backup is to restore files that are lost or damaged. Recovery …

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Backup and Replication – Why Replication Isn’t Enough

We frequently talk to customers about their backup and disaster recovery plans. A topic that often comes up is that the customer feels they are covered by their replication of data and don’t need to have a separate backup schema. Let’s analyze that: The replication system will typically create a real time copy of the …

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Review of Dell Rapid Recovery – Storage Switzerland

Here is a review article by Storage Switzerland that outlines the benefits of using Dell Rapid Recovery (formerly Dell AppAssure) and features available in its latest release: https://storageswiss.com/2016/03/10/addressing-modern-recovery-requirements/   Dell Rapid Recovery now offers agentless backup for VMware as well as its tried and tested agent-based backup. In addition to being able to run recovery …

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Dell EMC – Future Direction for Mid-Range Storage

Dell and EMC became one company, Dell Technologies, on September 7th, 2016.  This made it the largest data center infrastructure supplier in the world.  It also brought together a wide range of different and in some cases, competing storage technologies. What does this mean to current Dell and EMC storage customers and what does the …

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Dell EMC’s Current Positioning and Product Portfolio

Dell’s acquisition of EMC Corporation was the largest tech buyout in history. The primary focus of it was to position Dell as a leader in the emerging “Internet of Things” market, or smart connected devices ranging from household appliances to vehicles. This also greatly expands their range of enterprise and data storage offerings, however, particularly …

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Disaster Recovery — Back-up site challenges solved with DRaaS

Disaster recovery is a topic that every business should include in their strategic plan. It is an ongoing discussion. We should approach this problem from the point of not if, but when. Today’s business world has a lot to consider and as technology improves, business leaders face greater threats that could easily become a disaster. …

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DellEMC World Update – mid-range storage updates announcements

New Product Releases for DellEMC SC Series and Unity Mid-Range Storage Platforms. Often when two companies come together, customers fear the worst.  Will the technologies they rely on go away? Will there continue to be development and enhancements to their preferred systems? When Dell and EMC combined in 2016, they addressed these concerns immediately, telling …

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