Holiday Wish List part 2 - Advanced Analytics

As the holidays get closer, gift shopping is on everyone’s mind—and of course, the question of how best to use your End of Year budget. You’d get gifts for others, so treat yourself and use your End of Year budget to get yourself a gift: the gift of analytics?

Why analytics? When you can see the trends in your storage environment, you can predict when you’ll run out of room and need more, or see where your problem areas are. When you see problems before they happen, you can prevent them easily. You can’t un-ring a bell, after all, but you can stop it from being rung.

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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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What you might not be considering about your next migration can cost you

As a kid, I loved watching Gilligan's Island. That wacky group of misfits who got stuck together for… how long? I mean, wasn’t it originally supposed to only be a 3 hour cruise?

Migrations aren’t something most people spend a lot of time dwelling on. At least, not until they’re neck deep in unexpected delays and complications. A little foresight goes a long way towards making the migration process as smooth as possible, especially when the landscape of migrations has changed dramatically in the past few years.

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Why a Read-Only Tier II can save your IT Budget

As budgets get tighter, people naturally look for places to save. One of the biggest opportunities to save on IT spend is to properly manage inactive file data (which is a lot easier than it sounds). As leading experts on file data, this topic is very near and dear our hearts.

And the solution is simple:

Inactive files have different needs than active files. Use that to your advantage.

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5 Things to Look for in a Tiering Solution

With everyone looking to tier their file data in an effort to control the unbridled growth and cost that has appeared in recent years, some are putting the cart before the horse in an effort to tier as soon as possible. While solutions exist today that can do everything you need, many, if not most, do not, and there are some things you need to know to cut the wheat from the chaff.

Here are 5 things to look for in a tiering solution:

Does it actually capture all the file’s information?

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Benefits to Working from a List

In my personal experience, there is one thing that makes me more productive, focused, and goal oriented: writing out a list.

This is by no means a new concept, and yet there are still many people who don’t work off a list, and I find that unfortunate. I am ready to concede that it might not be for everyone, but you can hardly know that before you try.

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