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.

IT Architecture Misc. Services

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You run a tight ship.  Your IT department staff is continually operating at maximum capacity.  All the important IT functions are being delivered in a timely and meticulous fashion.  However, you still have an uncomfortable feeling that some secondary things just aren’t getting done.  While daily production is running like a well-oiled machine, you know lower priority tasks like disaster recovery plan updates, policy and procedure revisions, emerging technology evaluations, and performance troubleshooting are not getting done. Since they are not highly visible activities, you never seem to have key individuals with the time available to catch up on important, but less pressing tasks.

Unfortunately second tier projects can mask disasters waiting in the wings.  All it takes is one major outage to painfully illustrate how important something like up-to-date documents and drawings are.  Capacity management is not an urgent issue – until you find out there's no money left in the budget to fall back on, or you learn that delivery of expansion equipment is currently running 45-60 days.  Senior management can request that specialty equipment must quickly be deployed, but you have no one on staff with the skills, knowledge, training, or experience necessary to plan and design it.  Catch-up projects tend to be cumulative, and can push themselved to the forefront over time.

Challenges:

Important as they may be, it is sometimes difficult to locate the proper technical talent needed to resolve smaller, short-term project requirements.  Major consulting companies provide personnel do this, but they prefer to assign their best technical resources to larger, long duration projects with high corporate visibility.  If you turn to staff augmentation for personnel, you may well get someone with solid technical knowledge, but without a broader architectural perspective or out-of-the-box thinking skills to produce truly innovative solutions. Hiring a new, highly skilled employee is an option as well, but that can become problematic once most secondary tasks have been brought back up-to-date and this new employee has nothing of significant value waiting in their pipeline.

Our Solution:

Data Center Enhancements Inc. can provide proven senior technical IT Specalists to address larger long-term projects, as well as smaller assignmets that are less prominent but that may have huge operational implications.  Some examples of the secondary projects we can resolve include:

  • Small IT Project Planning and Design
  • Operational Efficiency Evaluations
  • IT Policy, Procedure, and Process Modernization
  • Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery plan updates
  • Technical Products and Services Evaluation
  • Troubleshooting and Performance Analysis
  • Capacity Assessment and Recovery
  • Systems Monitoring and Reporting Management
  • Project Scope Evaluation and Realignment
  • IT Budget Evalluation and Optimization
  • Advanced Security Enhancements
  • Draft RFP/RFQ Development
  • Technical Documentation and Drawing Updates

As senior IT professionals with many years of experience, we have performed these and many other similar activities over the span of our careers.  If you have technology-related tasks that need to be addressed, there is an excellent chance we have the right person for the job.

Next Steps:

Since this capability covers such an extensive range of IT architecture related tasks, we recommend contacting us directly to discuss your needs.  If it is something we have relevant knowledge and expertise with, we’ll be happy to discuss how to identify and resolve the problem.

Contact:

If you’re ready to move ahead with this, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  However, if you know of a secondary technical project that needs to be completed, but are struggling with how best to get started, we can provide guidance to help you get started.  Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this decision.