July 4, 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.

Distressed IT Project Recovery Assistance

Backup & Recovery Systems ModernizationThe success of your projects depends upon the skill and quality of your project management. Assigning highly capable Project Management to a project is not optional. According to a landmark research report by The Standish Group, 31.1% of projects will be cancelled before they are completed. Of those projects that survive to completion, results indicate 52.7% will cost over 189% of their original estimates. These failures result in millions of dollars of unnecessary expense and important business opportunities missed.

The skills, experience, and knowledge of your Project Management team will determine the success or failure of work to which they are assigned. They are responsible for:

  • Project budgetary management
  • Employee utilization and productivity
  • Development of new product core functions
  • Product enhancements successfully completed
  • Communications with Stakeholders
  • The morale of individuals on the project teams
  • Problem identification and mitigation
  • Appropriate documentation and reports

The Project Manager role is the most important assignment for any project. However, it can occasionally be relegated to an individual who lacks the experience, training, focus on detail, and perseverance to ensure deadlines are met and issues are addressed. When problems occur, issues must be addressed quickly and effectively before they jeopardize project success.

Challenges:

Since Project Management can be a complex, detail oriented, highly demanding job, occasionally project problems can start to overwhelm the internal project management staff. When this occurs it has a snowball effect, causing such problems as:

  • Slipping delivery dates
  • Budget overruns
  • Rescheduling issues and vendor coordination problems
  • Increasing testing errors and reworks
  • Loss of morale among project team members
  • Upset and/or angry Stakeholders

Clearly keeping a project under tight control is beneficial both to the project being developed and for the company as a whole. Sometimes, just putting “a fresh set of eyes” on the issues can yield immeasurable benefits.

Our Solution:

Data Center Enhancements Inc. can provide seasoned, highly disciplined Project Managers who have specialized in bringing in successful IT projects, and have the track record to prove it. When the project outcome is critical, let our experts do the hard work. We will work closely with Senior Management, project Stakeholders, and the implementation team to ensure all issues are identified, logged, and addressed in a timely fashion.

Next Steps:

We will provide one or more Senior Project Management specialists to work closely with Program Management and the affected Project Manager to re-validate all parameters of the problem project and determine how it can best be brought back under control. Some steps include:

  • Review the project to confirm it has well-defined goals that align with business objectives
  • Confirm project goals and expectations with project Stakeholders and Management
  • Examine the Issues and Problems logs to identify any recurring problem areas
  • Interview project team members to solicit their opinions for how to revitalize the project
  • Review budgets and timelines to ensure they reflect realistic expectations
  • Document and report findings; provide project recommendations to rectify problems

The goal of our team is not to replace the internal project management structure, but to assist them in troubleshooting, refurbishing, and reenergizing challenged projects.

Contact:

If you’re ready to tackle your distressed IT project challenges head-on, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747. However if you know something needs to be done about a distressed IT project but are struggling with where to start, we have assessment programs that can provide the information necessary to make good decisions. Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this difficult situation.