Growing Pains: High Availability Storage Starting Under $8,000 [NetApp]

One constant for every company is that if the business expands, so does the need for storage. It’s like a teenager out-growing his clothes every year; you love to see him grow, but spending more money for clothes can have a negative impact on your budget. Just like outgrowing a wardrobe, outgrowing storage can be expensive, and making sure you’re getting the best possible performance without compromising on price is an unwelcome chore.

When comparing storage solutions, it always seems to come down to the same criteria: price for performance. Limited budgets and resources, like ever-increasing Windows data, storage infrastructure needs and server virtualization, often means less money left in the budget for innovation.

A powerful storage platform on a shoestring budget

Fortunately for growing pains everywhere, the NetApp FAS2220 storage appliance offers a unified storage system starting at under $8,000. This new entry-level system offers: [Read more…]

10 things you need to know about onCommand Storage Management [NetApp]

Migrating from a physical to a virtual environment can be a pain in the infrastructure. Fortunately, NetApp OnCommand System Manager and OnCommand Balance (formerly Akorri BalancePoint) can help you manage your virtual environment and optimize VMware performance. System Manager provides simple, yet powerful out-of-the-box management of NetApp storage systems while Balance enables administrators to troubleshoot performance issues.

What makes NetApp OnCommand different? Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about OnCommand:

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Mixing Flash, SSDs And FAST Software For Automated Storage [EMC]

In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in his country, observing that 20% of the people owned 80% of the wealth. If you think about it, that 80/20 rule applies to just about everything. Likely you wear 20% of the clothes in your closet 80% of the time, and I bet that only 20% of your company’s data is active 80% of the time.

Even though you may have spent a small fortune of your company’s money on a storage array, 80% of that array goes mostly unused. While that kind of statistic is expensive to hear, there is a solution – automated storage tiering.

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