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SSD Storage and Business Continuity - What Should You Be Aware Of?

Mar 29, 2012
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Solid state storage (SSD) based on Flash memory is now being used in products aimed at the enterprise. These solutions are seen as offering organizations enormous opportunities to improve performance for their critical applications but establishing a resilient environment can be tricky.

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SSD Storage and Business Continuity - What Should You Be Aware Of?

Mar 27, 2012
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Solid state storage (SSD) based on Flash memory is now being used in products aimed at the enterprise. SSD offers organizations enormous opportunities to improve performance for their critical applications.

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Bloated Backups: Three Reasons to Dedupe Data

Mar 23, 2012
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Say HR emails next year’s benefit package to all employees and the email contains two 5 megabyte PDFs. You’re diligently backing up Outlook so you’ve just backed up 2.5 gigabytes of data from just one email interaction. The average person sends 228 emails per day and those emails likely contain PDFs, graphics, documents, and plenty of LOL cat photos. If you’re backing up every instance of that data, you’re wasting an enormous amount of storage. And, because we continue to send more emails and more information as the years roll on, you’re going to run out of storage a lot faster than you should – or would if you deduped.

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Four Things You Need to Know about Protecting Hyper-V

Mar 21, 2012
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Consolidating systems increases the concern for system outages caused by application, OS, hardware, storage or site failures. Here are four things you need to know about protecting your Hyper-V servers.

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Can You Afford BES Downtime?

Mar 19, 2012
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So your entire team’s productivity has been increased with BlackBerry handhelds – but what if the server and software that powers these devices goes down? What’s your worst-case scenario? In a system outage, it’s not likely that users will even know that the communication link is down.

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Avoiding Vendor Lock-in

Mar 14, 2012
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Some organizations like the idea of working with just one vendor – there is sort of a “one stop shop” convenience perception, possible volume discounts and the benefit of having to manage fewer relationships. However, if the relationship goes bad, or the innovation goes bad, the project is going to be totaled and the price is going to be high.

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Are Exchange DAGs Enough Protection for SMBs?

Mar 12, 2012
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For small to medium enterprises with a single-server infrastructure, maintaining the availability of Exchange 2010 is a critical part of keeping the business running.

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Calculating the True Cost of Tape

Mar 08, 2012
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Ah, tape backups. They’re expensive, require a lot of manual intervention, leave gaps in protection, have high failure rates and those little tapes leave your hands smelling funny. If you can afford to lose time and data, by all means, keep swapping those tapes and schlepping them around like a box of show dogs. If you can’t afford to lose time and data, software-based replication and restoration may be a better solution.

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How Much Downtime Can You Afford?

Mar 08, 2012
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Nobody wants to spend more money on insurance than they have to, and we understand that high availability and recovery software is a kind of insurance. We also will be the first to tell you that you don’t have to spend money protecting every byte of data or every application on your server. However, we will also tell you that backup and recovery software has a 100% use rate. Every business experiences some kind of downtime – machines fail and humans aren’t perfect.

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How to Calculate RPO & RTO

Mar 02, 2012
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If you’re creating a disaster recovery plan, one of the first things you need to do is determine what you need to protect. All data is not created equal and there’s likely no reason to replicate and store every bit and byte on your servers.

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