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When the SAN Grows Up, Has a Couple of Kids, and Moves to the Suburbs

By Nigel Miller | March 16, 2016

If you’re, ahem, a certain age, like me, you remember when the SAN was first introduced. It was a radical leap forward in shared enterprise storage. The current zeitgeist of software-defined storage is a similar revolution – intelligent software that transforms and repurposes heterogeneous commodity hardware into a distributed, enterprise-class…

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Storage Designed with Docker in Mind

By Andrew Flint | March 8, 2016

Docker is a is lightweight, agile platform allowing you to quickly and easily build, ship, and run distributed apps anywhere. Docker is used by some of the coolest companies around – Spotify, GILT, shopify, and Uber – to test and deploy new, bleeding-edge apps and features, at a lower cost,…

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It’s Not You, It’s Migration

By Andrew Flint | February 18, 2016

This isn’t easy, but… we need to talk. It’s about data migration. It just isn’t working out. Data migration is messy, but it’s a business necessity. Whenever storage technologies are upgraded, whenever a new data center or office location is added, whenever a change is made, whenever there’s maintenance to…

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See ioFABRIC Vicinity at the SYNNEX Sales Conference/Summit 2016

By Lori Steuart | February 15, 2016

If you’re a VAR, systems integrator, or xSP in Ontario, you’re probably attending the SYNNEX Sales Conference / Summit 2016 this February 19-21 in Toronto. What a small world! So are we! We should hook up. At the event, we’ll be talking to SYNNEX partners about developing distributed storage and…

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Have-it-Your-Way Hyperconverged Appliances

By Lori Steuart | February 10, 2016

Rising costs and complexity from maintaining a traditional infrastructure built with separate servers, storage, and virtualization is the norm for mid-size organizations. This is a prime scenario for moving to hyperconverged infrastructures, but solution providers, systems integrators, and even ISVs that serve these users must contend with some unique requirements.…

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How To Extend the Life of Your SAN When You’re out of Capacity, Performance… and Options

By Andrew Flint | February 4, 2016

Sooner or later, you’re going to run low on capacity on your SAN. Your users are going to start complaining about performance. Your support costs are going to go up. And worse, your go-to storage vendor is going to tell you it’s time to replace it all. Your CFO is…

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Reduce the Consumption of CapEx and OpEx so You Don’t End Up with Excessive CrapEx

By Andrew Flint | January 20, 2016

Many IT vendors tout their low TCO (total cost of ownership) usually explained as CapEx plus OpEx. While these are important numbers to consider when evaluating new products, there is one other number that may be more critical: CrapEx. If you’re not familiar with all of these terms, here are…

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Why Storage Efficiency Matters

By Andrew Flint | January 12, 2016

As any storage admin knows, data growth is outstripping storage budget growth by over 10x. We constantly require more capacity, incur more complexity, and find it harder to maintain performance and service levels. What if I told you that you don’t need more storage? Or, more accurately, that you can…

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ioFABRIC Survey Finds Canada’s Medium-size IT Departments Overstretched, Underfunded

By Lori Steuart | December 17, 2015

Originally published on Cantech Letter Consistent with other studies of the state of IT spending in Canada, Toronto’s ioFABRIC has released its own survey, providing something of a wake-up call for small-to-medium businesses and the state of their IT departments, typified by shrinking budgets, stagnant salaries and a lack of commitment…

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