April 7, 2020  

Featured:


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.

Modernization and Transformation

 

Modernization and TransformationIn a dynamic IT environment, the need to periodically modernize is inevitable. Companies deploying computer architectures a decade or more ago are now finding they can no longer effectively support modern data processing demands. Although the modernization process seems like it would be relatively simple, it is usually includes an opportunity to transform current operations into a more productive, efficient, and less expensive state, as well. It offers an opportunity to transition from operations-as-usual to an entirely new method for delivering IT services.

This may include:

  • Cloud Services (private, hybrid, shared, or public)
  • Virtualization (replace systems with logical devices)
  • Software-as-a-Service (or other XX-as-Service)
  • IT Commoditization (a generic computing model)
  • Remotely Managed Support Services
  • Outsourced Operations (locally or overseas)

However, modernization/transformation of computer operations in today’s dynamic processing environment can be difficult. Regardless of how necessary they may be, the long-term ramifications for these decisions can be far-reaching, expensive, and counter-intuitive.

Challenges:

Companies faced with the task of modernizing their IT environment to capitalize on more efficient processes and/or emerging technologies must first understand how well the new IT strategy will align with their current business vison and objectives.  Also included in the evaluation should be the new structure’s flexibility and scalability, to gracefully accommodate market growth and uncertainty.  In addition, the current systems must be replaced without negatively impacting daily operations.

Some of the many challenge IT organizations face:
  • Ensuring business alignment
  • Improving operational efficiency
  • Working within present and future budgetary constraints
  • Management of excessive demand for storage growth
  • Data protection and disaster recovery requirements
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance is maintained
  • Guaranteeing an uninterrupted continuation of Cybersecurity protection
  • Addressing new mobility equipment issues and challenges
  • Determining the degree of virtualization to be implemented
  • Identifying applications and systems interdependencies
  • Effective updates to policies, processes, and procedures
  • Internal staff qualifications and training requirements

If ignored, these problems will continue to build until a major interruption occurs or overall systems performance degrades to an intolerable level.  Seldom will these deficiencies improve on their own, or resolve themselves over time!

Our Solution:

Data Center Enhancement Inc. can act as your guide throughout this process, bringing a fresh perspective, vendor-neutral approach, and industry best-practices to bear on the problem.  We have many years of experience helping companies to upgrade their IT environments and transform aging infrastructure into a modern and efficient computing operation.  Particularly important areas of focus include:

  • Strategic alignment of IT with the stated direction of the business
  • Evaluation of current and emerging industry technologies to identify which one promises the greatest benefit for your organization.
  • Policy, procedure, and process modifications to support an enhanced IT environment
  • Tactical program specification to ease the transition to a new environment
  • Testing and Quality Assurance programs to ensure the transition is successful
  • A solid Cybersecurity transition plan to ensure data is continuously protected
  • Detailed project planning and project execution management
  • Orchastrating a non-invasive, non-disruptive transition from current to future state operations

Our optimized transformation program will ensure your target IT environment is flexible, scalable, and resilient; readily adaptable for the demands of the next generation of corporate computing.

Next Steps:

The modernization and transformation of an existing IT operation is a large and complex undertaking.  We recommend a structured, methodical approach to its planning, which includes:

  • An initial feasibility study
  • Inventory and analysis of the installed IT structure
  • Clarification of strategic objectives for transformation
  • Identification and evaluation of the most promising technological approaches
  • Tentative planning and budgeting

In addition, this program should be segmented into an Agile-like series of smaller projects that will yield quick, tangible successes and ensure the maximum degree of agility and flexibility can be maintained throughout the effort.

Contact:

If you’re ready to immediately embark on a modernization and transformation project, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  However if you are aware that something needs to be done, but are struggling with how to start moving in the proper direction, we have several simple assessment methods that can capture and assemble the information necessary to make good decisions about this project. Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this critical program.