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.

IT Policy, Processes, and Procedures Modernization

 

IT Policy, Process, and Procedure ModernizationThe creation of IT policies, processes, and procedures creates a link between the company’s business vision and its daily operations.  They allow management to provide guidance for the company’s direction without having to become involved in decisions made at every level.  When written and maintained properly, they ensure IT activities are conducted in a consistent, efficient, and repeatable fashion.

However, an organization’s policies, processes, and procedures must exist in a dynamic environment, and are continuously impacted by change.  If not periodically refreshed, they can drift out-of-alignment with the company’s objectives and become an impediment to efficient operations. 

Challenges:

Effective IT policies, processes, and procedures must be refreshed on a regular basis to ensure they maintain relevant and in proper alignment with stated business direction.  Unfortunately they lack the high level of visibility enjoyed by major applications, systems, and networks.  Once documented, they tend to be left alone until some major issue forces them to the forefront for re-evaluation.  However, in the interim period their problems tend to have a cumulative effect on business activities.

Some of the “creeping difficulties” caused by having outdated policies and procedures Include:

  • Growing inefficiency of daily activities
  • Operations not conforming with business goals
  • The potential for confusion and contradiction
  • Unnecessary expense, due to errors and mistakes
  • Inefficiency and duplication of efforts
  • Declining employee productivity

A lack of consistent or up-to-date policies, processes, and procedures slowly erodes the operational efficiency of an organization, allowing the structure to evolve into isolated islands of management where each autonomous group makes its own decisions about what is best for the company.

Our Solution:

The remedy for outdated policies, processes, and procedures is a thorough assessment of what currently exists, and how well it aligns with current business vision and objectives.  This includes:

  • Comprehensive review and gap analysis of existing policies, processes, and procedures
  • Evaluation of current and emerging technologies to determine the impact of change
  • Management workshops to develop updated content
  • Review of individual process flows to determine if they provide optimum efficiency
  • Testing of revised policies, processes, and procedures to validate revisions

There is little “magic” involved in updating policies, processes, and procedures.  Existing documents must be examined and modernized with information that is currently in-line with existing business vision and objectives.

Next Steps:

The first step in this process is a comprehensive review of existing policies, processes, and procedures to establish a baseline and identify which sections will need revision.

Contact:

If you’re ready to immediately update your current IT policies, processes, and proceures, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  However, if you are aware that something needs to be done about aging policies and processes but are struggling with how to get started, we have IT Process Specialists that can help identify information required for the update.  Please give us 30-minutes of your time and we can help you bring clarity to this critical issue.