April 7, 2020  

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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.

Data Center Consolidation

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Containing data center sprawl is a never-ending challenge. Company growth, new mergers and acquisitions, emerging technologies, and special projects (like e-Discovery, GIS mapping, joint ventures, etc.) relentlessly expand new computing operations and the underlying infrastructure necessary to support it.

The signs are easily recognizable:

  • Gradually increasing equipment purchases (CAPEX)
  • Higher facilities and energy costs
  • A growing head-count for IT administration, operations, and support
  • Challenges managing and monitoring the IT environment
  • Rapidly expanding data communications costs
  • An embarrassingly out-of-date disaster recovery plan

Most IT operations exist in an extremely dynamic environment, and are constantly being forced to accommodate changing business needs, more powerful technologies, greater functionality, rapidly expanding data storage, and a host of other demands like CyberSecurity, Regulatory Compliance, Social media, Mobile computing and many other must-have capabilities.  Over time your well-designed IT operation starts to suffer from creeping inefficiency.

Challenges:

At some point, an IT consolidation project becomes necessary. Done correctly, a data center consolidation project can yield tremendous savings, reduced complexity, greater agility, and protection from obsolesce.  Done incorrectly, it can turn into your worst nightmare.

IT consolidation projects have a lot of moving parts and require a proven process, experienced staff, and meticulous attention to detail. If delays are incurred, it can pose a threat to business operations and the company's revenues. While your company may pride itself on its outstanding IT staff, chances are they have little or no experience managing a project of this size, complexity, or potential for impacting the entire company. This is where unfamiliarity and inexperience can result in very damaging, expensive, and unexpected outcomes.

Our Solution:

Data Center Enhancements Inc. will deploy a core group of experienced senior IT specialists with extensive training, knowledge, and experience in large data center consolidation. We do not attempt to provide all technical staff for the project, but focus only on project planning, management, and coordination. Our role is to exclusively ensure a successful consolidation program is completed according to defined objectives, timeline, and budget.

This type of project requires many different objectives and interests be pulled together and skillfully blended to achieve a singular purpose. Some of the important players whose input must be considered include:

  • Executive sponsors
  • Stakeholders representing a broad cross-section of the company
  • Business process analysts
  • Applications and database developers
  • Server, storage, and infrastructure specialists
  • Internal users and external customers
  • Vendor product specialists and subject matter experts
  • Regulatory Compliance experts

This diverse group presents an array of complex and differing viewpoints that must be identified, analyzed, discussed and integrated. This is neither a simple nor easy task. Even though your organization may already employ the best and brightest, it is highly likely they'll need highly experienced assistance bringing all the requirements together and getting the project moving in the right direction. When some information is not forthcoming or provides a confusing and conflicting story, project cohesiveness can quickly be lost. Our core team of technical specialists will focus on coordinating and clarifying all key aspects of this project.

We can provide:

  • Experienced IT project experts dedicated to high-level planning and coordination
  • A proven methodology specifically created for data center consolidation
  • An array of tools and utilities specifically designed to simplify critical activities
  • Individual and organizational accountability for the success of the engagement
  • A consistent, methodical approach with an emphasis on attention-to-detail

Once engaged, we come to the project with no hidden agendas. We do not sell equipment or software, lobby incessantly for increasing the IT consulting head-count, or continually seek out unrelated project opportunities. Nor do we face any personal pressure to justify past architectural or deployment decisions. Our singular commitment is to ensure the timely and successful completion of the data center consolidation project at hand.

Next Steps:

Many of our competitors begin with a comprehensive equipment inventory. We don't. There are certain aspects of this program that require a go / no-go decision in advance of execution (such as budget, market dynamics, unique operational issues, pending litigation, regulatory changes, and other factors.) Our first step is to examine your objectives at a holistic level and validate the feasibility of the project before large expenditures are made and production operations disrupted.

We also place a greater emphasis on initial planning. Failure to plan completely is second only to communication breakdowns as reasons why major projects fail. Time and money invested in the planning phase will pay excellent dividends further down the road.

Contact:

If you're ready to move ahead with a data center consolidation effort, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747. However if you know consolidation is needed, but are struggling with how to get started, we have several assessment programs that can provide the information necessary to make good decisions. Give us 30-minutes to help bring clarity to this complex decision.