Rethinking your server storage

Between the creation of the earth and 2003, humans produced five extabytes of data, total. By 2013, we were creating five extabytes each day.

Unfortunately, many companies continue to store their data as if it were still being produced at the same rate it was 10 years ago, when it was just a fraction of what it is now. That poses a problem.

At this point, a lot of companies still use three-tier hardware, which separates out the compute, network, and storage so that they can be managed in pieces. This approach is comfortable, and has been the norm for decades. But now there are potentially better storage options available.

As the explosion of data continues, it might be time to shift the focus off of three-tiered hardware, and explore some of the newer options that could better fit your needs. Continue Reading…

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We all hate latency. Here’s what some IT departments are doing about it.

mobile cloudSometimes latency is a matter of life or death.

That’s what first responders in Arizona’s Maricopa County realized when their 911 system couldn’t supply crucial data quickly enough. When an emergency call came through, operators updated a cloud-based system with details on where the emergency was, who was involved, and what was wrong. Continue Reading…

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Everything you need to know about converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, and reference architecture

infrastructureGone are the days when IT professionals had to rack, stack, connect, and configure every piece of data center infrastructure. Now, you can plug in a single box, thanks to converged infrastructure.

Converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, and reference architectures are in essence the same thing. They all combine compute, network, and storage resources into one cohesive unit, but the main differentiator is the way they are procured and installed. Before you try to decide whether these options are right for your organization, and which to choose, it’s critical to understand the subtle but significant differences among the three types of converged infrastructure.

Generally speaking, there are three approaches companies can take to settle on a new data center installation: Continue Reading…

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Is converged infrastructure the answer to Windows Server 2003 migration?

Win2k3As their responsibilities multiply, IT professionals can add another line to their resumes: multi-tasking to an extreme. IT’s workload balloons with company growth as servers and networks expand in size, volume licensing becomes increasingly complicated, and complex silos of information swell. Yet administrators must maintain optimal speed and storage, often on a shoe-string budget.

And now many IT professionals are also planning for Windows Server 2003’s end of support. The clock is ticking, and they must consider a number of factors for the migration, including hardware upgrades, software licensing, and whether current applications and systems will still function as needed after the migration.

In an effort to manage their Windows Server 2003 migration, lower costs, and condense their IT footprint, some organizations are investing in converged infrastructure (CI) solutions. Converting to CI offers a number of advantages for small to medium-sized organizations, as it frees up IT teams to more effectively manage software and hardware systems, especially as Windows Server 2003 approaches end of life. Continue Reading…

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