Some businesses and organizations that have already implemented a managed services approach as part of their IT solutions suite may already have heard of "block level storage virtualization," but for others, the term will be a new one.
One of the largest trends in the world of business computing is converged architecture, which is widely seen as one of the best IT solutions for addressing the increasing sprawl of IT resources. As companies have added networking devices, servers, and storage units to their systems over time, they have seen more and more "silos" develop in their infrastructure.
Many organizations use on-site storage for their most sensitive data. This allows them to access the data whenever it is needed and without delay. Additionally, the organization can also protect that data physically using preferred means. But this solution may not work for all organizations. Sometimes storage solutions, especially for companies in the New York area, may be better hosted off-site by a third party vendor. It can allow for greater and more efficient growth of the business, increased performance of employees who are able to attend to their own tasks, as well as greater cost savings. Here is an example of how one law firm benefited greatly by using an outsourced storage solution.
At the time, Blank Rome LLP, one the largest law firms in the United States, was having issues their current storage solution. Firstly, the law firm was running out of physical storage space. Also, because the firm was growing quickly, the amount of data that they produced was steadily growing, data backups were overlapping into other critical windows, which was leading to potential loss of data, time waste, and frustration on the part of the IT staff. Recognizing that their current solution was not working for them anymore, they decided that they needed a new storage solution strategy.
To begin, they required a clear plan of what was wrong with their current model and what was needed in the new one. Also, Blank Rome LLP needed to find a vendor who had both the experience and expertise to provide a solution that could be flexible and scalable to adapt with the law firm’s changing needs.
They were able to partner with a vendor who created a powerful and flexible private cloud for the law firm. They virtualized almost all of their infrastructure, using virtual machines across the world. For disaster recovery, they used a site 300 miles away and allowed for continuous replication of data so that even in the case of critical issues, access to the latest data was always possible. Data backups could be conducted successfully without interfering in regular operations. All this allowed for more streamlined operations, greater access to data, more efficient usage of time, and cost savings ranging in the millions. Finally, physical space was freed up, operations were more efficient, employees were left to focus on their tasks, and the vendor could apply their customized expertise exactly when and where it was needed.
Although these types of storage solutions may not work for every organization, it can certainly work for many. Your current solution may not be the best solution long-term. Understanding the storage needs of an organization and determining if these needs are being met, with room for growth, is the first step to ensuring efficient business operations and the continuous ability for growth. To schedule an assessment of your network's data storage and backup needs, contact an iCorps representative today.
The virtualization leader, VMware, has undergone some significant changes at the top recently. The new CEO is Pat Gelsinger, who was an executive at VMware’s parent company, EMC – though some of you may know him from his lengthy career in senior positions at Intel. His predecessor in the meantime, Paul Maritz, has moved on to become chief strategist at EMC.
Cashed-strapped IT departments are always looking out for ways to increase efficiency while cutting costs simultaneously. Larger organizations with bigger budgets can adopt new IT technologies with higher price tags, however, companies in survival mode often can't. Small companies are often unable to secure financing to invest large sums of cash on high-end IT technology.
The Department of Defense has recently launched their new 4-step cloud computing strategy and appointed the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as the dedicated broker who will oversee all purchases and ensure that the operation is safe, productive, on track and well maintained. Despite the size of the operation and the huge investments that it will call for, the department is looking to take advantage of the new and cutting edge technology developments that will enable them to enhance their cloud storage capabilities. The Department, through the 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management, aims to increase their effectiveness, productivity and efficiency and also maintain a workforce of highly skilled IT professionals who will keep the IT cloud storage and other solution up to date.
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As far back as 2006, IT insiders were predicting that the next wave of IT solutions to sweep the business world would include mechanisms for continuous data protection. This technology, often simply called CDP, is a huge improvement over the traditional paradigm of making regular full backup copies of all data and using incremental backups in between to provide a form of update to the latest full backup performed.
Your SMB faces a number of IT challenges - soaring hardware costs, under-utilization of hardware, over-utilization of employees, security vulnerabilities and decreasing storage space. These are just a few of the issues that virtualization helps reduce or eliminated completely. Let's look deeper into how it can help your SMB become leaner and more efficient with its IT operations.
Object based storage is increasingly being seen as a powerful alternative to the more common suite of IT solutions based around network attached storage. Some of the advantages inherent to an object based approach include a level of scalability that is for all practical purposes unlimited and less need to rely on high-speed infrastructure including ultra-fast processing. In addition, object based storage fits into the new Web 2.0 world because it can easily be accessed using standard internet protocols, which lessens the need to launch traditional commands related to storage inside a web-based world where they may not coordinate well.
The world's leading platform for virtualization is VMware.