RECO Gains Peace of Mind with Cloud-Ready Storage

RECO Gains Peace of Mind with Cloud Ready Storage

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for administering the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 as well as associated regulations, on behalf of the Ontario provincial government. RECO was established in 1997 as a delegated administrative authority under the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, to enhance professionalism, increase consumer protection and provide an effective, efficient and responsive regulatory framework.

Increasing Storage Needs Drive Change

Mike Prime, Manager of Information Systems, having recently joined RECO, discovered that the organization was rapidly running out of storage space and that its existing storage technology was aging and approaching end of life.

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Juggling storage challenges with unified management: How to avoid dropping the ball

I don’t know about you, but I find juggling one ball hard, let alone three or 43. But keeping all those balls from crashing all around you is a little like the challenge organizations face as they try to store and manage their ever-increasing volumes of data.

And I do mean ever-increasing. Because Great Recession or not, data growth has continued unabated – thanks to the digitization of infrastructures worldwide, the need to keep more copies of data for longer periods and the rapid increase in distributed data sources.

When it comes to managing this tidal wave of data, there is no shortage of products and approaches to choose from. But most of these more traditional offerings have unfortunately not kept pace with the many new and complex requirements of storage, nor do they address the need for a single management perspective. [Read more…]

IT’s grand unified theory of storage

Ask IT professionals what their number one priority is in the next 12 months and in coming years and they’re likely to tell you increased usage of virtualization. No big surprise really since, for some time now, virtualization has been one of the most effective tools for driving efficiencies and effectiveness (and of course, saving money) across IT.

Driving those efficiencies, it turns out, will come in large part through convergence and consolidation virtualization brings about, and unified storage (or multiprotocol or federated storage) may be the key to making it all a reality. Why? Because while separate specialist storage platforms have gone a long way to increasing IT effectiveness, they’ve also taken their toll on resource efficiency – something unified storage can finally put a serious dent in.

Most IT pros know this already, of course. Which is why a recent survey revealed that 70% of organizations are [Read more…]