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  • Questions to Ask a Veeam Cloud Connect Provider

    December-2017: There are dozens of questions to ask a Veeam Cloud Connect provider before you entrust them with your data. Here are 30 Questions to start with.​​ ​QUESTIONS TO ASK ​A VEEAM CLOUD CONNECT PROVIDER​WHO LOOKS AFTER MY DATA?1Are you running your own infrastructure, network, network security & server infrastructure to deliver this backup service?2Can I visit the datacentre where my

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  • Backup – The safety net supporting Smaller UK Businesses

    Sep-2017: A recent conversation with one of our Customers refocussed my attention on the business side of backup. It's s easy to get so involved in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of Backup technology – you sometimes ‘loose’ sight of the bigger picture. They are in the manufacturing business, and currently re-investing in new business systems, such as Warehousing and Distribution Systems, new

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  • The SAN Storage Trinity

    ​With Storage, the same design challenge always applies – balancingPoint 1: Terabyte CapacityPoint 2: IOP’s Performance – meaning true Random 4KB 75% Read / 25% Write ‘type’ IOPsand Point 3: CostThe above three form the holy trinity of a ‘basic’ Storage DesignWith Storage, the same challenges always apply – balancing    Terabyte Capacity    IOP’s Performance – meaning true Random 4KB 75%

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  • When 50 Terabytes was considered a lot of Storage

    Parallel file systems have long been the domain of the HPC/Supercomputer set, characterised by applications running at academic and research institutes. Wind the clock back five years and the smaller end of a HPC storage farm, might have been 50 Terabytes. Today though, there are Individual Hobbyists running the modern equivalent to a “Pirate radio station”, hosting 50TB of streaming

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  • Disaster Recovery and SAN Storage

    Your Blackberry/iPhone flashes up a message from your staff:   ‘The SAN’s down..water leakage from ducting in ceiling’ This is the single moment every IT Manager dreads. Sure – the SAN has redundant Controllers, Dual Power Supplies and was RAIDed with all the options of RAID 10, RAID 6, RAID 50 and RAID 60, but it is still a single chassis,

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  • Large Exchange Inboxes – Email Archiving

    I previously had a 3GB mailbox – and for the last 12 months spent more time deleting & shuffling emails to keep within this limit. We have now migrated our Exchange Systems to Microsoft Office 365, and now have the luxury of a 50GB Exchange Email inbox. Having all your email online is a joy – all our important documents

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  • Understanding your Disk Storage IOPS

    We wrote an article a while back for one of our favourite technical forums. Here’s a reposting of the article with a few edits.     “Our performance is as flat as a pancake – we need more storage!” It’s a common cry. Frequently it is also preceded by a common timeline that looks something like this: 24 months ago:

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  • Veeam – Finally a Virtual only backup Product in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Backup

    Gartner have strict definitions of which technology types could enter their Backup Magic Quadrant. But never had Gartner allowed Virtual only Backup Products (Veeam, Vranger, PhD Virtual etc) to form part of the Magic Quadrant. Until now (June 2013). Veeam has entered Gartner Magic Quadrant in the Visionary Category. Lets consider  this: Going back just 3 Years ago (2009/2010), many

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  • Do I need a SAN or a NAS for Vmotion – the VMware VSA Virtual Storage Array

    Or – How can I do shared storage at low cost for my VMware Virtualisation setup!! SAN’s and NAS boxes are often hoist upon smaller IT shops, as part of a ‘virtualisation’ solution. The price of SANs continues to plummet, and in most cases, they are reliable enough, simple enough and certainly low cost enough to be an obvious choice.

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  • Backup DeDuplication Ratio’s

    Backup DeDuplication Ratio’s One of the largest DeDupes that can be achieved comes from DeDuping the c: drive (or windows syste   m image). Most SMB organisations we deal with have 40-100 windows servers – mainly created by ‘VM’ sprawl – where 90% of these servers are VMware or Hyper-V Virtual Windows Servers. At 50 Servers, we end up with

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