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Fast and Flexible: The Future of HCI is Here with Dell EMC VxRail Appliance, powered by VMware vSAN

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

Planning for the future means endless possibilities.  Where should our data be stored?  How do today’s infrastructure decisions impact our end-state goal?  Where are our workloads going to be run?  What are our future capacity needs?  As an IT professional these questions are constantly at the forefront of your mind.  According to research firm IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is leading the fastest growing segment of storage solutions[1], making it the hot topic in every discussion.

Today’s IT executives have been keeping a watchful eye on the improvements in HCI since it has been around for several years but has only recently seen rapid adoption.  New generations of HCI solutions provide faster deployment, lower cost of operations, and increased ROI—making the modern enterprise more flexible and agile.  As businesses of all sizes see the benefits of adopting HCI, the adoption rates continue to compound.

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Topics: VMware, Data Storage, Dell EMC, vSAN, HCI, VxRail

Protect Where Your Data Lives: Dell EMC Data Domain Cloud Tier

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 10:46 AM

No matter where it lives, data needs to be protected, and as the data protection landscape continues to evolve, the amount and variations of data that need to be protected is evolving as well. With these changes, companies cannot afford to secure sensitive information as previously done in the past. Today’s businesses are faced with explosive data growth, strict retention policies and the pressure to reduce costs. Low-cost, high-capacity object storage in the public, private and hybrid cloud is the way to address these challenges.

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Dell EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems can solve many of the challenges that companies experience with traditional backup, archive, recovery and replication processes.  Combining high-speed, variable-length deduplication with local compression, Data Domain systems write only unique data to disk.  Deduplication technology reduces disk capacity requirements and overhead, while increasing accessibility and reliability, and makes Data Domain systems a cost-effective alternative to tape.

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Topics: Data Domain, Deduplication, Data Storage, Data Protection, Dell EMC

As drive sizes in storage arrays increase, should we keep putting eggs into larger baskets?

Posted by Ted Evans on Mon, Nov 07, 2011 @ 12:03 PM

Hard drive sizes have increased again.  It is just part of the evolution of technology.  When it comes to using them in storage arrays however, bigger is not always better – or at least may not be the best course of action.

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Topics: Data Storage

How to Get the Most Out of a Data Domain DD630 Upgrade

Posted by Ted Evans on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 @ 04:00 PM

Many of our customers initially purchased single-shelf Data Domain DD630 appliances with 7 drives, with the intent to upgrade them later to 12 drives when additional capacity was required. Once the drive upgrade has been ordered and shipped, the default process to utilize the additional capacity is pretty straightforward. The only problem with the default capacity upgrade method is that 2TB of additional space is sacrificed to parity. In essence you would be adding only the capacity of 3 drives out of the 5 you purchased. Unlike a Clariion or a VNX, the Data Domain does not have the ability to expand its disk group. Instead, it creates a second RAID 6 disk group and just extends the overlying file system. Again, the downside here is that an additional 2 drives are being allocated to parity when a second disk group is created.

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Topics: Data Storage

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