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Storage management is, in many ways, at the heart of many businesses. Your company needs its data, and it needs to be able to access that data quickly and utilize it for its intended purposes. Part of making sure that this happens is keeping on top of your storage performance managemen...
Data center costs are higher than ever, despite the best efforts of data center managers and IT executives to make changes to the contrary. From greening the data center to offloading certain applications and services to a cloud environment, data center administrators are doing what th...
One of the most telling aspects of your business is how it does in a crisis. A business that’s ready for disaster and prepared to move forward in spite of difficulties is one that investors can bank on, and it’s one that’s likely to be around for decades to come. When it comes to IT, t...
Virtualization is one of the hottest trends in IT, and for good reason. Virtualization can help save your organization plenty of money, as well as reduce your overall ongoing staffing, support and maintenance needs.Still, virtualization isn't a universal remedy. There are several thing...
Cloud computing is one of the fastest-growing trends in data center technology. Companies are able to offload much of their server and networking load to the cloud, thereby reducing their in-house technology infrastructure. This provides a higher degree of expertise, service and reliab...
As any project manager can tell you, some projects hang by a thread. Knock just one element out of sync, and the entire thing can come tumbling down like a house of cards. Rather than spend your time figuring out how to recover from a disaster, here are some of the biggest pitfalls you...
The voice of the CIO is being heard in new ways—as CIOs are increasingly recognized as full-fledged members of the senior executive team. Successful CIOs are much more actively engaged in setting strategy, enabling flexibility and change, and solving business problems, not just IT prob...
Keeping data center costs down is an important priority, especially during tough economic times. One of the areas that's ripe for savings is the area of energy management. Some of the biggest names in IT are working on getting data center costs down in the area of energy demands.Take, ...
Virtualization is, as you’re already aware, one of the hottest trends right now in business. Virtualization is designed to speed up routine IT administrative tasks, increase the availability of applications, be able to respond immediately to the changing needs of a business, provide da...
The enterprise of today is a mish-mash of various hardware, appliances and operating systems. The fact of the matter is that you can’t really get everything you need, in terms of IT solutions, from a single vendor. Even the best efforts at homogeny are almost guaranteed to have some de...
Today’s economic and business environment is putting a lot of pressure on CIOs and on IT departments. Several factors have created a perfect storm in which IT departments are expected to produce more and more and offer more advanced services, and to do it with less money. On top of thi...
While it isn't 1990 anymore, it's not 2000 either. The fact of the matter is that technology has moved at an alarming rate in the past decade, and 2010 is shaping up to have its own significant challenges for CIOs. As the technological landscape changes, an effective CIO needs to reeva...
This post is taken from Mike Workman's recent blog post, Pass the Morton's Salt. When I was quite a bit younger some really great folks at IBM gave me the opportunity to help start a Hard Disk Drive OEM business.  I was part of the Storage division in San Jose California. At the t...
Companies aren’t just going green for the sake of the planet, the fact of the matter is that many green initiatives actually save companies money. Conserving energy in a data center or IT server room, for example, will not only help the environment, it will also help with operating cos...
Whether you run a small or medium sized business, or whether you are involved in a larger company, storage capacity management is at the heart of your business’ IT concerns. The days when a business could get by with storing files on individual desktops (or on a single server, for that...
Down economy or not, IT managers have never had a blank check with which to meet an organization’s needs. As time goes on, IT managers have to deal with increased demand for computing and information services, all while being asked to cut costs and create grater justification for expen...
Today’s CIO has to be more than just a great administrator. Of all executives, the CIO is in the unique position of needing to keep fluent in a highly technical field while at the same time dealing with the normal business details that all corporate officers have to deal with. On top o...
One of the biggest challenges facing the enterprise is storage provisioning. With so many stakeholders maintaining interest in your enterprise’s storage, you need to understand and follow several important principles. These principles will help you in a number of ways, not the least of...
Keeping your storage performance up to par can be a challenge, especially in a heterogeneous enterprise environment. More and more, you need to have an architecture for your storage needs that is compliant with industry standards, can be deployed quickly, is agile enough to manage and ...
One of the best ways to reduce capital IT expenditures, increase your service levels and increase the efficiency of your IT department and your company as a whole is by using an IT solutions provider. A solutions provider gives you all of the benefits of having your own dedicated IT in...
Today’s enterprise is a hub of heterogeneous technologies. You have a wide array of servers running on a vast range of operating systems. You have infrastructure from a number of vendors, because you want to use the best tool for the job. There are dozens of unique applications, specia...
Your enterprise rises and falls on its data, and the ability of your enterprise to keep functioning even in the face of catastrophic loss is what will separate you from your competition. To this end, your enterprise must have an effective and efficient business continuity plan. An effe...
Whether or not cloud computing makes good business sense isn’t really the question. The question should be more like, “In what ways does cloud computing make good business sense” in any given organization. While cloud computing isn’t always the best solution for every problem, it does ...
Now more than every there is pressure on IT to offer higher levels of service and a greater degree of availability all while cutting back on costs. As such, making sure your technology environment is efficient and effectively managed is absolutely essential. The data center, by its ver...
The marketplace for Enterprise Storage Management (ESM) is changing rapidly. Storage utilization is growing in many enterprises by as much as 60 percent to 100 percent each year. Experts suggest that the ESM market will continue to grow by at least 10 percent a year for the foreseeable...
It’s important to distinguish cloud computing from several similar models that are often confused for cloud computing. Grid computing, for example, uses a virtual super computer composed of networked, connected computers that act in concert to perform significantly large tasks. Utility...
To accomplish memorable results and to leave an indelible professional impression, you need to guide your actions with the constant overriding goal to "Execute to Excellence." With that in mind, your work and your efforts will be your brand. To set one's self apart from the competiti...
Your IT solutions provider is an essential part of the overall technology strategy for your organization. Solutions providers can handle a variety of IT needs, all the way from conception through implementation and support. A solutions provider can study your current IT infrastructure,...
Virtualization products like VMware are a perfect fit for Axiom. Pillar provides a pwoer command line interface that works with the VMware API to easily perform common tasks like LUN provisioning. There is also an intuitive GUI and Pillar's Dynamic Performance Manager that allow you to...
In case you haven't read Mike Workman's (CEO of Pillar Data) blog,take a look at this latest post "Homey don't play dat." Here is a snippet from the post where he argues the point of exactly what can be considered "Enterprise Class" Storage: Let’s put down a few basic requirements of “...
One of the best ways to reduce costs while improving the level of service in your IT department is through effective IT asset lifecycle management. Understanding the IT asset lifecycle is the first step in increasing your organization’s IT efficiency and controlling costs all while mak...
Most enterprises today expect their VAR partners to provide experienced and vendor-certified sales and technical resources, to represent the best technologies, and to do all this at a competitive price. These are all “givens,” the price of admission for a VAR to be considered as a prov...
If you’ve ever tried to get IT support from a manufacturer, you’ve probably hit a brick wall a time or two. It isn’t that the manufacturer isn’t knowledgeable or capable when it comes to their product (although that certainly is the case with some manufacturers). More often than not, i...
More and more, it just makes good business sense to offload some of your IT overhead and put it squarely in the hands of experts. Whether you’re looking at a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution or whether you’re looking for infrastructure support services, choosing a solutions provid...
One of the biggest challenges facing IT managers today is reducing capital expenditures in IT. It’s not the 1990s anymore; there is more and more pressure on IT management to justify their costs to a sometimes-apathetic senior management. Add to this the increasing familiarity that sen...
A data center is the focal point of an organization’s technology infrastructure. When the data center works properly, the organization works properly. If something is amiss at the data center, something is amiss across the organization. At the same time, if the data center isn’t optimi...
Getting the right technology into your organization can be a challenge. Between finding reliable vendors and keeping on top of new technological developments, the last thing you need is a problem with the procurement process. Here are five things that will gum up the works in your tech...
Well . . . maybe not quite “for nothing” or “for free”, like Mark Knopfler sang in the popular Dire Straits song from the 80’s, but you can delay your storage CAPEX spending and flat line your OPEX spending for the next couple of years by making use of Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning (HDP...
HP Insight is one of the most useful and versatile server management tools on the market today. HP Insight gives you control of your entire server environment, including HP-UX, Linux, OpenVMS, NonStop and Windows systems. Even if you’re not running HP servers, this software can perform...
The article recently published about data deduplication on Forbes.com, "A Better Way to Store Data" is an excellent opportunity to hear from Bill Hobbib, VP Marketing of Exagrid: The issues with tape backup that Bill mentions in the article ("Backups fail. Restores fail. It's probably ...