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What to Expect from Reporting-as-a-Service

Reporting-as-a-Service (RaaS) is gaining momentum by providing IT organizations with the analytics and visibility they need to better understand their heterogeneous storage, unstructured data, backup, SAN fabric and virtualized environment. At Daymark, we’ve seen a big uptick in interest in RaaS, but like any relatively new managed services offering, there are questions. Here are some of the ones we get asked the most.

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Mon, Apr 04, 2016
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Is a Data Center Assessment in Your Future?

“Do more with less” has become the mantra folks in IT have come to live by. It is the reality we live with every day. We must be as efficient and effective as possible to be able to compete in today’s market. We must find a way to be viewed as an innovation center, and not a cost center to the business.

How we go about enabling the enterprise to innovate is what sets us apart. It all starts with a good plan and to have a good plan, you must understand the strengths and more importantly, the weaknesses in your IT environment.

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Thu, Oct 08, 2015
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Cisco’s UCS Firmware Management: Why All the Excitement?

Firmware Management – The Evil Mistress

Firmware management is not traditionally a topic that anyone gets excited about. In fact, it’s typically relegated to the bottom of the IT team’s list of priorities because it’s often painful and time consuming.

From a management perspective, budget spent on firmware management is very difficult to justify and ROI is nearly impossible to measure. But firmware is an evil mistress - if it’s not attended to often enough - out of date firmware can stall an OS upgrade, prevent the introduction of new hardware or worse, cause an unexpected outage of critical equipment in the data center.

We all have stories of servers, switches, storage arrays, etc. that ran fine for years until one day, the system crashed for no reason. We later discovered that there was a critical bug fix quietly released two revisions of firmware prior to the one we were running. Grrrr!

 

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Thu, Dec 11, 2014
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Has VMware De-mystified the Cloud?



We are all airheads now...

 
As a cloud consultant, it’s good to have my head in the clouds. Same is true for IT managers and directors who are responsible for hybrid cloud initiatives.
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Wed, Aug 27, 2014
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Hands-On Testing at EMC World 2014

By Jake Roczniak and Eric Grueter, Senior Consultants

This year at EMC World 2014, EMC had a variety of different technologies available for us to get some hands-on time.  Here are some of our favorites and ones that we think the industry will be seeing more and more of in the future.

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Tue, Jul 01, 2014
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EMC World 2014 – Daymark Takeaways

By Jake Roczniak, Senior Consultant

Daymark attended the 2014 EMC World conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. Not everyone can attend so we like to take some time to share our impressions of the event and to highlight various note-worthy products and announcements.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Redefine.” This continued the large rollout of software defined data center (SDDC) products and solutions started over the past two years at EMC World.

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Mon, Jun 16, 2014
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Secure Cloud Backup Part 4: Availability

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

How easily can you restore your data from cloud?  What is your provider doing to protect your data once it has been stored in the cloud?  Can you backup or restore your data at any time?  These questions address availability.

 

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Wed, Sep 18, 2013
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VMware's Roadmap for vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center

As the dust settles from VMworld 2013, more clarity is being provided on VMware’s cloud product strategy regarding vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center. Here are 2 articles that explain VMware’s roadmap lifecycle for both VMware vCloud Director (vCD) and VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC).

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Mon, Sep 09, 2013
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2013 Tech Trend Watch

By Rich Savastano, Senior Account Executive

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Thu, Dec 13, 2012
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The Cloud Forces IT Teams to Evolve – Yet Again

Author: Kushal Patel, Senior Consultant

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Mon, Jan 30, 2012
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