Tips for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

Industry surveys show that IT departments continue to place a high priority on increasing infrastructure utilization and improving operational efficiencies in order to control costs. However, legacy storage systems often limit the extent to which this is possible. This section focuses on opportunities for modernizing your storage infrastructure and building a strong foundation to support cost-efficient growth.

A Deep Dive into Storage Performance Benchmarks

Storage system benchmarking is part science and part art. The latter is especially true with benchmarks performed by vendors who are seeking to show favorable results for their own solutions. In this article, I review important information to look for and red flags to avoid.

Software Defined Networking Adds Efficiencies to Converged Infrastructure

Software defined network virtualization (SDN) introduces a way to further increase the efficiency of these converged infrastructures. SDN does for networking what the virtual machine (VM) did for servers - it treats physical network resources as a pool of capacity that can be consumed and repurposed on demand.

Top Five Things to Look For in a Storage Guarantee Program

Many vendors offer guarantee programs that promise savings in storage for virtualized environments. However, when you peel back the covers of most of these programs you discover limitations that severely diminish their claims of 25% to 50% savings.

FlexPod Systems From Cisco and NetApp Upend Conventional Wisdom

The analyst firm IDC recently published research results for worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms for the second calendar quarter of 2013. IDC segments the market into integrated infrastructure and integrated platforms.

Put Your Snapshot Copies to Work with SnapVault Backup Software

Every day, millions of backup jobs are kicked off and petabytes of data are copied to disk and tape—just in case some small portion of the data is needed in the future. For most companies, the backup infrastructure is an expensive insurance policy, one that every company hopes it will never need to cash in.

Three Reasons to Update Your Next Storage RFP

Here are some tips and resources for crafting an updated storage RFP to address the three most commonly cited reasons for buying new storage systems: the need for more capacity, the desire for a technology refresh, and the need for increased performance.