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Storage Management by Spreadsheet

It’s 2016 and still the number one storage management application is Microsoft Excel. Storage administrators continue to use Excel spreadsheets to track how much capacity each server is using and assign which LUN or volume goes to those servers. Of

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ChalkTalk Video: Banning Excel Spreadsheet from Storage Management

Excel spreadsheets are the well-worn method IT administrators use to manage oversight of their storage systems. The spreadsheets track what servers serve to what LUN, how much capacity is available per LUN and how much capacity is available to assign.

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Video: SolarWinds at Dell World 2014: Comprehensive Storage, Network and Applications Monitoring

SolarWinds Software provides end-to-end monitoring and management of the IT infrastructure from the storage system to the application server and the network in between. In this video from the Dell World 2014 Solutions Expo Floor we talk to them about

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The Storage Architect and the DBA

Three Steps To A Productive Relationship That Ensures Optimal Database Performance When database performance issues arise, the finger of blame is often pointed at the storage infrastructure, and this can lead to conflict between the database administrator and the storage

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Lowering the Cost of Deleting Data

While the cost of raw data storage keeps dropping, the cost of deleting obsolete or inappropriate data can be prohibitive. No one wants to delete the file that might be needed someday. This results in the accumulation of data that has both cost and compliance ramifications. The key is to lower that risk by identifying good candidates for deletion. In this article Storage Switzerland Senior Analyst Eric Slack details the cost associated with file deletion and how to lower them through comprehensive file analysis.

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How Do I Know My SQL Server Environment is Ready for SSD?

SQL Databases of almost any size should be a top consideration for SSD integration. Because of the granularity of the database structure small components of the database can be moved to SSD, reducing the overall SSD investment. In this article, Storage Switzerland’s Lead Analyst, George Crump discusses how to determine which of those componets should be on SSD. This report will show that a surprisingly small amount of SSD can provide a cost effective, more scaleable, higher performing database for the entire environment.

Learn:
Which Storage Statistics Can Help You Determine SQL SSD Readiness
Which component of your SQL environment should be on SSD
The ROI of SSD Investment for SQL Environments

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How to Use SSD to Rescue Performance without Breaking the Bank

IT professionals wear many hats and are constantly responding to the emergency of the moment. When performance problems appear in the virtual environment the default reaction is to throw hardware at the problem. That means “throwing” premium priced flash SSD at it. But this approach can lead to buying too much or too little SSD, which either wastes money or doesn’t effectively solve the performance problem. In this article Storage Switzerland’s lead analyst George Crump, leads you through the process of qualifying your virtual environment’s SSD suitability.

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How Do I Know My Virtual Environment is Ready For SSD?

The I/O Blender has reached an almost legendary status in virtualization circles. It is a term for what happens to storage I/O when in a virtual infrastructure. The I/O Blender is created when potentially hundreds of virtual machines across dozens

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