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Why Preventing Virtualization Sprawl Matters

Virtualization is not only for early-adopters or IT geeks anymore. The technology has found its place in almost every IT department and data center, but the advantages of the technology – fast and almost immediate server deployment, increased server uptime, and isolated applications – also has its disadvantages. One of them being virtualization sprawl . Since creating and running a virtual machine (VM) or virtual servers is very easy and …Read More

Why Should you Erase Virtual Data?

Traditionally, getting rid of data from storage media has often been limited to hard drives from old PCs and laptops once they reach the end of their usable lifespan.  However, with today’s technology, the need to securely erase information has extended way past the point of erasing just single drives and encompasses much more than just physical storage. For example, the large storage systems that you find in data centers …Read More

The Need for Emergency Recovery Services

As businesses rely more and more on digital systems and data to improve the delivery of their goods and services, the need for emergency data recovery rises.  When a data center experiences downtime the company not only is at risk of losing revenue, but it could face costly fines for goods and services that weren’t delivered as well.  Every minute counts when data loss in an enterprise storage environment occurs. …Read More

6 Tips to Prevent Data Loss in Your RAID Based Storage Array

Since the introduction of the concept of RAID, it has redefined how storage systems manage and store data. The basic concept of this technology is actually quite simple: A RAID array is a configuration of many different physical hard disks that together create the used RAID architecture (RAID level 0, 1, 5 etc.).  The RAID architecture then distributes data over all disks because the RAID is regarded as one single …Read More

How to Best Protect your Virtual Environments from Data Loss

After more than a decade since the release of virtual environments, a new study by Gartner states that the virtualization market is now mature. What the experts found is that even though the worldwide virtualization market has yet again increased by almost 6 percent to reach $5.6 billion USD, they do not expect large gains in the future. What they found is majority of large companies have already virtualized their …Read More

Leveraging virtualization for business continuity

Many organizations report that they are improving their disaster recovery capabilities, and that their confidence in being prepared for a disaster has increased. Still, there is much work to be done in ensuring adequate preparation and protection. The cost of an interruption in business, whether due to network attack, data breach or natural disaster, can be a rude awakening. An estimation of system downtime costs when a data disaster strikes …Read More

How does RAID storage work? – Part 2

In part 1 of this article, we explained the basic idea of RAID, as well as the most commonly used terms when talking about this type of storage. In this second part, we’ll take a look at what RAID levels are and explore how some of the traditional level configurations work. We’ll also find out what challenges RAID storage can bring if data recovery services are required. Let’s take a …Read More

Virtualized tape library – the answer to business continuity? Part 2

In the first part of this article we covered what Virtualization is, how a virtualized tape library works in theory and what storage concepts are implemented. Now we get in more detail and answer the question how a data recovery on such a system is conducted. Make it flow Operationally, the environment does not change and the scheduled backups still happen as they have already been setup. The hardware and …Read More

Virtualized tape library – the answer to business continuity? Part 1  

Virtualization continues to grow in popularity as it offers different ways of backing up our data, in addition to being able to ensure that business-critical systems remain online in the event of an emergency. Some people have even hailed virtualization as the next frontier of computing. But what is “computer virtualization” and how can you or your clients benefit from it? Let’s take a step back and first review what …Read More

The Pros and Cons of Database Virtualization

Businesses have been steadily increasing the virtualization of desktop applications, servers, and storage, so it should be no surprise that virtualizing databases offers some undeniable advantages. In addition to less physical hardware, savings in energy, and simplifying the management of databases, virtualization proves particularly well for very resource hungry applications, such as CRM or ERP systems. Benefits include: Live migration: Virtual databases can be migrated from one physical server to …Read More