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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As F5 ARX Virtualization Goes End Of Life, Have You Considered...

Recently, customers have been asking us what they can do about their F5 ARX storage virtualization software which was officially announced as “End of Life” in November.

This is cause for concern for anyone using this virtualization layer, because it’s primary job (sitting between your end users and your physical storage back ends) is pretty important. Especially if you have been relying on it as a gateway to access all of those files.

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3 Easy Ways to Crush your Storage Environment

Storage administrators have it pretty rough. Although you’re in charge of one of the most vital resources in your entire organization, it’s usually a pretty thankless role. Users thoughtlessly draw upon resources, stretching your storage to its limit without considering the burden or complexity they’re putting on you. Unless something goes wrong; then you’re responsible for every sad and broken aspect of the entire universe…

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The Huge Opex Win- Treat Inactive Data like Inactive Data

Darrin Stivala, VP of Operations at NTP Software

For the past ten years, NTP Software has worked closely with NetApp to enhance the control and management of unstructured data across the entire NetApp file data storage environment. We have worked with NetApp storage and data management solutions longer, perhaps, than most people reading this. As part of NetApp’s Preferred Alliance Partner Program, together we have provided comprehensive file data management for the world’s largest organizations, including Fortune 1000s and large government agencies.

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Are Stubs Really Necessary for Tiering?

So you’re thinking about tiering, and inevitably the subject comes up:

Stubs.

What Kind? What happens when we update platforms? Can you move them? Will my primary fill up with stubs? What happens when you delete them?

Those are all great questions, and the first one got some detailed treatment last week here. However, this entire subject has a flip side:

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Making Sense of Stubs

There’s a lot of talk about tiering going on. And with discussion of tiering comes discussion of stubs. Of course, most people aren’t really sure what a stub is, let alone what the different kinds are, and why it matters. (Side note: YOU DO NOT REQUIRE STUBS TO TIER. We will have a whole other post devoted to that next week, and it’ll be shorter than this one.)

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Six Easy Ways to Control Storage Growth

The cost of storage (pennies per gig) has come down dramatically from where it was a decade ago, and a decade before that. But cheap isn’t free, and as the average file size continues to grow, as more files get made, and as old files pile up, the costs of storage shouldn’t be ignored.

And with File Data growth rates hitting as high as 80% (and overall growth rates at 50%), you need a way to stop out of control spending. So control costs by controlling growth. How..?

1. Make them pay

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What Scale Means to Tiering

Ok, quick: How many files do you have in Primary storage? Alright, I’ll make it easier. How many terabytes of Primary storage do you have…? Give up?

If you’re like most people, you don’t know. Don’t feel bad, you’re in good company. (Gartner says that 4 out of 5 people have no idea…)

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Avoiding Vendor Lock-In

One of the things many companies I talk to are concerned about is “vendor lock-in” – buying a proprietary product or technology that leaves them with no alternatives down the road. Avoiding vendor lock-in is one of the reasons that standards exist, and certain standards are very important to everyone’s long-term future.

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