Posts tagged third-party maintenance
Backup and Recovery vs. Data Protection

Today’s mentality for data protection versus traditional backup and recovery presents a very fine gray line. Customers have essentially been forced into a fundamental shift of the principles driving buying behaviors. They've accommodated virtualization and work hard to coordinate storage array snapshots into coherent data protection strategies, but the word that comes up more often than not in discussions on snapshot effectiveness is "kludge".

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Big Iron is Here to Stay

I cannot count the number of times I’ve engaged a customer in conversation, only to end up discussing their highly-virtualized platform and partial use of public cloud. Once I ask about Big Iron, the response is usually an embarrassed, “Oh yeah, we have that, too. We’re probably the only ones still using it, right?”

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Observing HPE’s Acquisitions of SimpliVity and Nimble Through the Lens of Recent History

The big acquisition story of 2015 and 2016 (and surely the millennium thus far) was Dell/EMC, and there’s a good chance that won’t be topped for a long time. But if there’s a single storage OEM that has made a big splash thus far in 2017, it’s obviously HPE.

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Tidbits Part II: Considering Third-Party Maintenance for EMC, Dell, HP, and NetApp

Last year, I wrote a blog to share some of the market knowledge I had gained from talking with hundreds of customers about post-warranty support (third-party maintenance) for some of the most common storage platforms. Since then, a few areas of the market have changed, our capabilities have increased, and thousands more companies have at least considered third-party support after seeing a staggeringly high renewal quote from their vendor.

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Commodity is Cool

Servers, storage and networking equipment are commonly referred to as commodity hardware in traditional datacenters. Even though this hardware is readily available and is becoming less expensive, its importance should not be underestimated. The dependence on data center hardware to seamlessly run companies is at an all-time high; and will only get stronger.

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Toys for Tots, Toys for Tech

Since our inception, our CEO Mark Metz along with our leadership team have consistently emphasized the importance of giving back to the community. This charitable mission actually had the biggest impact on my decision to join the ReluTech team almost two years ago. One of the many ways we give back is by donating to Toys for Tots every December.

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