10 Reasons Why Customers Deploy EMC VNX Storage For Virtualized Microsoft Apps

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Enterprise applications like SQL, Exchange and SharePoint are used by large organizations everyday. These enterprise platforms can now be virtualized and delivered as centrally managed services or subscriptions (to authorized users) anytime, anywhere. This is great news for smaller organizations because enterprise-quality applications are, for the first time, available at a mid-range price point. The trick? Figuring out an effective way to scale, manage and protect them. One option many organizations are going with is EMC VNX. We’ve put together ten reasons (with case study examples) why EMC VNX storage is a good match to manage, scale, backup and  simplify recoverability of Microsoft applications like SQL, Sharepoint and Exchange. [Read more…]

Do You Have The Right Failover Plan For Your Mission Critical Apps? [SUSE]

You realize that a little downtime is expected from time to time. However, do you calculate what the downtime of  mission critical applications could cost your business? In this post, I cover the high cost of backup and recovery for business critical applications, and discuss how the SUSE High Availabiliy suite can solve these issues.

Ack! My critical apps went down. Now what?!

In this case, time really is money! You need to know your Recovery Point Objective (RPO). This is the maximum tolerable period in which data might be lost from an IT service due to a major incident – including what this could cost you in lost sales. For example, if you perform backups every 4 hours, can you afford to lose 3 hrs and 59 minutes of data?

In early 2011, a Forrester study found only 15% of companies surveyed knew the real cost of system down time , a cool $145,000 per hour.

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Back-end of BYOD: Are You Ready For A Whole New World of Storage Demands? [Dell]

The “client computing revolution” is upon us, and in a world where enabling a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in your organization “isn’t optional”, IT administrators face a plethora of concerns they may have never previously considered. With consumer technology advancing at the speed of light, IT departments need to make sure they can hold down the fort while bombarded by an avalanche of new devices.

A new landscape, a new challenge

At first, the challenge was deciding if implementing BYOD was the right move for you. Now, IT administrators are increasingly concerned with the back-end demands BYOD brings to your infrastructure. How do all these extra devices affect your network, servers, and storage capabilities? Can your infrastructure handle not only growing data, but growing data from an influx of new devices?

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