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Use All-Flash Arrays to Calm the (Frustrating) VDI Boot Storm

Posted by Matt Trottier

For many virtual desktop users, the most frustrating time of day is the morning. This is when users arrive at work and, en masse, attempt to boot up their virtual desktops. This can trigger a so-called boot storm. During a boot storm, the demand is too high for the network to handle effectively, causing sluggish performance and driving users—who are just trying to start their workdays on the right foot—crazy.

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Cloud Backup – You Might as well Jump!

Posted by Matthew Brady

JumpI chuckled to myself as I drove to work this morning. An ad came on the radio talking in clichés. “Synergy!” “Run it up the flagpole.” “Better safe than sorry.” And that was enough to send me into action and write this blog post.

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Daymark Awarded “Best Place to Work” 6th Straight Year by Boston Business Journal

Posted by Jon Mehlman

Lexington, MA, May 5, 2015 - Daymark Solutions, a leading integration and solution provider of information technology, announced today that for the 6th year in a row it has been named by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) as one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts. The honor recognizes Daymark’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.  

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Backing Up Virtual Machines: 5 Things to Remember

Posted by Michael Chen

Virtualization Changed Everything

While we may all be familiar with virtualization at this point, we are still feeling its significant impact on our data centers. What was once sprawling racks of servers has been consolidated into ever-smaller hardware packages.  With the advent of cloud computing, your hardware footprint could in fact be zero! However, despite the technology making our lives so much easier, it’s important to consider that our responsibility for these workloads remains the same.

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When is All-Flash Storage Better than Hybrid Flash?

Posted by Sean Gilbride

As the cost of solid-state technology decreases and its capacity increases, flash technology has steadily been making inroads into the enterprise storage architecture, to the point where flash has become a standard component of most storage solutions. Just how much flash is necessary, however, is the question confronted by directors of infrastructure who are trying to balance cost with their companies’ needs for high performance.

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3 Workloads that Demand an All-Flash Storage Array with Inline Deduplication

Posted by Sean Gilbride

IT managers have long envied the power of all-flash storage for accelerating their most demanding workloads. Unfortunately, the much higher cost-per-terabyte for all-flash storage compared to traditional spinning disk storage has—in many cases—kept these ideas in the realm of wishful thinking. A data reduction technique called deduplication, however, is bringing all-flash storage into the realm of economic reality.

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The Business Case for All-Flash Storage

Posted by Sean Gilbride

 

For years, traditional spinning disk technology reigned as the only option for enterprise storage. While the speed and performance of other infrastructure components improved exponentially, hard drive technology has improved only incrementally with performance remaining largely the same since the year 2000 when the first 15K RPM drives were released. Traditional hard drive storage has been, and remains, a common bottleneck, making otherwise powerful IT systems sluggish and inadequate for handling the demands of modern workloads.

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3 Features to Look for in an All-Flash Solution

Posted by Sean Gilbride


All-flash storage arrays are all the rage among IT teams looking to coax as much performance as possible out of their storage infrastructure. Thanks to the generational maturity of the technology combined with data reduction techniques like inline deduplication and compression, all-flash storage is no longer the economic impossibility it once was.

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How Deduplication and Compression Make All-Flash Storage Affordable

Posted by Sean Gilbride

 


Jealous of the pure power of all-flash but concerned about cost?
The latest generation of all-flash arrays have a couple of tricks up their sleeve that make the difference in usable capacity and cost between flash and spinning disk much less significant: inline deduplication and compression.

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Still Backing Up Duplicate Data?

Posted by Mike Mahan

Meeting with clients, I’m hearing a lot of folks complaining about two common problems: First - Backups are taking far too long to complete.  Second – Recovering a single file is a long, painstaking process.

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