July 4, 2020  


VNXe3150 NAS and iSCSI Storage System

The EMC® VNXe™ series is a new unified storage solution for SMB and lower mid-market companies and remote/branch offices (ROBO) in enterprise organizations. It is designed for IT generalists with limited storage expertise. The VNXe facilitates complete storage consolidation with advanced file and block functionality as well as a simple, application-driven approach to managing shared storage. The VNXe series delivers advancements in efficiency, simplicity, and affordability.

The VNX series is part of a high-performance family designed for small, midsize to enterprise storage environments.

IBM RamSAN 810 Packs 10TB of SSD into 1U

The IBM RamSan-810 is the first enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) Flash storage system. eMLC Flash combines the high speed and reliability of single-level cell (SLC) Flash with the low cost of MLC Flash. The system is optimized for use with read-intensive enterprise workloads.

The patented Variable Stripe RAID™ offered by the Series-7 Flash Controller reduces business interruptions and improves mean time between failures (MTBF) by providing a higher level of protection against both Flash plane failures and Flash device failures.

Nexsan e60 High Density Disk Tray

The Nexsan e60 is one of a new breed of high density storage systems. It packs up to 240 TB into an equipment rack drive tray just 7-inches tall (4U). Add another expansion tray, and up to 480 TB of SATA storage can be managed. With this high degree of density, up to (5) fully expanded e60 systems can be fitted into a single rack - for 2.4 PB of raw storage capacity.

Small Business Backup Made Simple

Symantec Backup Exec 2012 is a cost-effective backup & recovery solution designed for small and medium-sized companies and remote office backups. It provides disk-to-disk-to-tape backup and recovery for Windows, Linux, Solaris, Macintosh, and NetWare as well as VMware and Microsoft virtual machines. Backup Exec 2012 storage optimization enhancements include file and e-mail archiving and deduplication.

Vendor-Neutral Storage Courses Offer Breadth and Depth of Knowledge

Technical consulting firm Data Center Enhancements Inc. announces the formation of a new training services group. This new group will focus on delivery of instructor-led training classes for Advanced SAN & NAS Storage, TOGAF, CoBIT, and ITIL. We will present an in-depth explanation of each subject to ensure maximum depth and breadth of understanding. All courses will be designed to assist students in preparation for each topic's comprehensive certification examinations.

Backup & Recovery Systems Modernization

Backup & Recovery Systems ModernizationSystem backups are not about data protection; they’re entirely about rapid content restoration.  While backups may also be used for long-term data archiving or as part of a disaster recovery plan, their primary role is to facilitate the quick recovery of damaged files and lost content.  If the backup does not complete on time, or is unable to capture recoverable data, the entire process has failed.

Legacy backup & recovery systems have been negatively impacted by the extreme growth of primary storage.  Systems are also struggling to keep up with emerging technologies and changing requirements, such as virtualization, data encryption, deduplication, Cloud systems, and many other approaches.  The net result is that many backup & recovery systems are stretched to the limits of their technology and beyond.  When this process or equipment fail, critical data may be exposed to the dangers of loss or corruption.


IT backup systems are in an unenviable position of having to constantly chase the expanding capacity of storage systems they protect.  Unlike their highly visible front-line counterparts they sit quietly in the background, dutifully creating recoverable copies of data that are not utilized until a data loss crisis occurs.  Then when a crisis finally occurs, the backup & recovery system is expected to emerge from obscurity, flawlessly restore the desired content, and ultimately save the day. 

Unfortunately these systems may be unable to live up to business expectations because:

  • Disk storage has exceeded the capacity of the existing backup & recovery system
  • The backup & recover system failed to keep up with changing technologies
  • They have not been updated or configured to properly address virtualization requirements
  • Poor or non-existent testing practices fail to ensure captured data Integrity
  • Failures in updating the backup process have left gaps in coverage
  • Poor tape management practices make restoration difficult or impossible

In spite of its critical role in data protection and content accessibility, the backup & recovery function is usually treated like a “second class citizen”. It enjoys little attention from management until a critical situation occurs. When that happens, critical data can be lost and productivity impacted.

Our Solution:

We view backup & recovery as a critical data availability component.  We have IT specialists who can evaluate the legacy backup structure and determine how to gracefully transform it into a flexible, scalable, and efficiently performing system.  We focus on:

  • Identifying and satisfying business data recovery needs
  • Ensuring current backup & restore performance objectives can be achieved
  • Incorporate scalability and flexibility into the design to exceed future growth requirements
  • Validate the Integrity of data recovered during the restore process
  • Recommending scheduling procedures that can meet needs without wasting resources
  • Evaluating popular and emerging technologies to modernize legacy backup systems

Our goal is to thoroughly understand this critical piece of infrastructure and provide recommendations and methods to allow a graceful from its current state to a modern, efficient high performance system.

Next Steps:

Immediate steps to be taken to identify and rectify deficiencies in the backup & recovery system generally proceed as follows:

  • Inventory – Determine exactly what equipment is currently being used.
  • Performance Assessment – Identify how well the existing system is fulfilling its mission
  • Gap Analysis – Highlight any deficiencies that need to be addressed
  • Alignment – Ensure the approach will fulfill both current needs and future expectations

What we won’t do is recommend throwing quick tactical fixes at the problem, patching obvious deficiencies with quick-and-simple hardware and software solutions.  The changes we recommend will be part of a larger vision that supports an end-to-end flow of IT services and capabilities.


If you’re ready to move ahead with a backup and recovery system modernization program but don’t know exactly where to start, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  We have several assessment programs that can provide the information necessary to make good decisions.  Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this complex process.