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Improve your virtual server storage setups

The biggest challenge of building a virtual server infrastructure is fine-tuning the storage that supports the virtual machines. Multiple server OSes running on a physical server can easily overload a storage network and supporting storage array. Backup is usually the concern for IT organizations. For smaller firms and remote/branch locations of enterprise-scale outfits, there’s often […]

Cloud-based DR to the rescue

Cloud storage services have helped slash the cost of getting data offsite in a recoverable mode. Pairing cloud storage with cloud-based servers allows for disaster recovery in the cloud. Setting up storage to work well with Hyper-V virtual machines involves a variety of tools, including new storage features available in Windows Server 2012. Microsoft’s Hyper-V […]

Improve data storage efficiency with archiving technology

Data archiving technology moves inactive data from primary storage to more suitable media. It may be used for compliance, governance or storage efficiency. By moving data to less-expensive media, an archiving strategy can help avoid new capacity purchases and reduce the amount of management required. Archiving is a mature technology with specialized products for various […]

Storage for VMware

Storage managers are well aware of the virtual server storage and its benefits. However, the Storage managers are also familiarizing with the host of unique challenges, efficiencies and trouble spots associated with storage for VMware environments. With a clear understanding of the complexity these environments can mask, data storage managers can reap the promised benefits […]

Backing up virtual servers

Backing up virtual servers is an issue for storage. In many Virtual Machine environments, traditional backup methods and applications are inadequate, and contribute to storage network bottlenecks or simply do not get the job done in a timely manner. Today, however, there are many alternatives rather than using methods designed for physical server environments. There […]

Data Archiving

Storage managers usually witness the issue on accommodating and storing an ever-expanding dataset. The issue is due to primary storage that tends to be expensive and has a finite capacity. A majority of organizations archive the legacy data. This practice helps to make room for new data. The Archiving criteria are: search, automation, and flexibility. […]

Cloud Recovery Testing

Testing is essential, regardless of the type of disaster recovery solution an organization uses. The question is how to go about that testing. You need the original data, an on-premises backup (for quick recovery) and an off-premises (cloud-based) copy; this helps you from saving your backups if the data center is destroyed. If you use […]

Top Technology Trends of 2013

Gartner highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations 2013. These technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programmes and initiatives. 1) Mobile device battles By 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web access device worldwide and that by 2015 over 80 per cent of the handsets […]

Cloud Predictions for the New Year

Anyone who has been following the cloud developments in the industry can easily make the following predictions… Companies such as SkyPe and Google Voice will continueto cut into the market share of big telecommunication giants such as Verizon, AT&T, Time-Warner – and the latter will probably never recover. The biggest cloud providers such as Amazon, […]

Mind Maps

Mind maps are a graphical method of taking notes. Visuals are used to distinguish words or ideas, often with colors and symbols. They take a hierarchical or tree branch format, with ideas branching into their subsections. Mind maps differ from concept maps in that mind maps focus on only one word or idea, whereas concept […]