Managing Storage Array Risk When Space Runs Low

Published June 5, 2018

Gambling on Performance Anyone who manages a storage area network has probably already learned (perhaps the hard way) that performance and protection are almost mutually exclusive concepts, particularly in older storage arrays. But choosing performance over protection always comes with great risk. On the surface, many storage […]

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Network Switches as a Performance Issue

Published May 29, 2018

Switches are core components in any network, because everything on the network connects through a switch. If the switch is not performing optimally, it can potentially touch a lot of things on your network and limit their performance as well. But how do you know if your switches are at the top of their game? Other than blindly […]

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Understanding Database Performance Challenges

Published May 22, 2018

The Roles of Hardware and Software in a DBMS Poor database performance manifests itself as that noticeable (and sometimes intolerable) lag that occurs when navigating, querying, or submitting data within a web portal. There are several causes that facilitate that, from software to hardware. On the software side, the database […]

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How Network Latency Affects Performance

Published May 15, 2018

Storage Latency – Then and Now For anyone who has been in IT for a while, the phrase “storage latency” probably conjures up images of spinning disks, spindles, and actuators… the things that HDDs are made of.  These were all obvious mechanical forms of latency – limited by the physical constraints of a rotating system – which […]

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Impact of IOPS on System Performance

Published May 8, 2018

In Defense of IOPS IOPS (input/output operations per second) is a standard unit of measurement pertaining to the maximum number of reads and writes to non-contiguous storage locations.  But IOPS have gotten a bad rap lately because they can be wildly exaggerated when measured under controlled conditions. This is absolutely […]

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What to do When the Network Problem Isn’t IOPS

Published May 1, 2018

More times than not, poor network performance can be traced back to a storage system with poor IOPS. But what if you already ran the diagnostics and verified that IOPS is not the issue… what next?  The problem could be other hardware components in the network, or the problem could simply be too many people generating too much […]

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Unavoidable Risks When Maintaining an ERP System

Published April 2, 2018

DEATH, TAXES, AND SOFTWARE UPGRADES There are some things you can only put off for so long… paying taxes, dental appointments, oil changes, and for IT people… upgrading their ERP or CRM system. For a long time, you have fought the good fight, but now the software vendor is threatening to drop support for this version of the […]

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Sharing Large Amounts of Data Across the Miles

Published March 15, 2018

The Problem with “Big Data” If your business has geographically diverse offices -- whether they span a state, a country, or the globe -- then you inevitably have a need to share data across those locations. Since the Internet went mainstream, it has been the de facto way of exchanging information with each other, but it has […]

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Is it Time to Nix the NAS?

Published March 8, 2018

A Brief History of Data Management Since the birth of the PC revolution, data management has been an intrinsic part of the computing experience. I doubt there is any one of us who hasn’t lost an important file at home for lack of a responsible backup strategy. But in the workplace, things moved in a different direction. Our PCs […]

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Why Your Backup Redundancy Process Needs Both

Published March 1, 2018

Redundancy vs Backup In the quest for true data security, it is important to compare the system you have in place against the possible threats you are likely to experience. We hear the terms “redundancy” and “backup” tossed around a lot and used almost interchangeably, and granted, the line between them can be difficult to […]

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