Are Tiering and Archiving Different?

If I asked you to make a bet with me and then told you the odds were greater than 1 in 2 that you’d lose your money, would you take that bet? Companies take it all the time: it’s called ‘file archiving’, and there’s a greater than 1 in 2 chance that when you spend your money on an archive that you won’t even be able to recover a given file when you need it.

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How Tiered Storage Will Make Your 2015 Better

Do you remember a time when you came into a class and you were the only one who did the reading? It feels pretty good to have that leg up on everyone else. And you were probably the teacher’s favorite that day, too.

When you think about huge, high-level IT concerns, your first thought is unlikely the lowly file. You know: a word document or an mp3. Why would you jump there first? Actually, because unstructured data (i.e. files) is the largest area of data growth on the planet right now.

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Holiday Wish List part 3 - Tiered Storage

There’s a story I’ve heard told more than once: it’s the story of a man who lived across the street from a friend. Every day, this man would roll out a beautiful, vintage Rambler, every surface gleaming, white-walls and all.

Well, the thing of it is, every day he would roll out the car, but not to take it for a cruise. He would pull it out of the garage and into the driveway. There, he’d lovingly wash and wax it. And not just a quick rinse, this guy would spend an hour and a half, every single day, just washing a car he never used. Can you imagine?

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Winning the Race in 2015

Two men agree to a foot race from their town to a town 20 miles away. The first man, anxious and eager, takes off, sprinting down the lane. The second man remains a moment.

The first man slows to a jog so he won't burn himself out and continues making steady progress. The day is warm and pleasant. His sneakers, t-shirt, and shorts are perfect.

The second man, instead of following the first, climbs the highest tower in town and looks towards the other town. He sees dark clouds and high hills between him and his goal.

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Holiday Wish List part 1 - Quotas and More

Hot cocoa, eggnog, pumpkin pie. Wood burning in the fireplace. It’s that time of year again: the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and people all over are trying to figure out what to do with their end of year budget. It’s a time to look at new things, make yourself a wish list, and then, in the spirit of the holiday season, give yourself a break and get something that will make life easier for you and your company.

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Lost in the Funhouse: a Spooky Story of Storage

Halloween is coming up, and we’ve got a spooky story of storage to chill your blood: this is “Lost in the Funhouse.”

It was a storage administrator’s nightmare: old files were being archived to an archive platform, then a shift happened sending files to another platform, and during the process the cloud was added into the mix. And then the emails began to show up. A few at first, then steadily more, all with the same message:

“Where are my files?”

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5 simple tips for Insight 2014

We all remember sitting through a class where we learned something that seemed pointless at the time, only for that piece of information to become relevant for us later. It’s interesting how useful learning new things can be.

For those of us in the storage industry, NetApp Insight is always a great experience. We get to check out new technologies and exchange new ideas with NetApp technology experts and partners. And this year is twice as exciting as past years. Why? Because this year, for the first time, NetApp Insight is open to customers as well as partners and resellers.

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