Sunday, December 7, 2014

EMC CLARiiON CX4 Series—A Suitable Storage Solution for Midsized Firms

Your choice of EMC CX Series product will depend on the technological and storage requirements of your organization. For those who consider price as a major constraint, the CLARiiON CX4-120 is an excellent option. Despite being the CX4 model with relatively the lowest capabilities, it remains capable of handling moderate to heavy computing, high-speed large-block data transfers, and department-based applications. Authorized EMC dealers like Tab Data Systems carry a preowned stock of all four variants of the CX4 line. In addition to these systems, the company also offers other EMC products, such as the AX and DMX lines. Get more information about the products, or get a competitive quote by submitting a request.

Friday, December 5, 2014

EMC Storage Hardware: Addressing the Industry’s Data Storage Needs

Every day, an average-sized company processes tons of data and turns it into information critical to the smooth operation of their business processes. The bad news is that management of such voluminous data can be overwhelming without the proper tools and infrastructure. Since these documents typically contain important and classified information, proper data storage practices and tools become all the more important. Data storage should take precedence above anything else. If an important document gets lost or stolen, the resulting consequences could prove disastrous to a company. Among the problems that may arise are corporate espionage, fraud, identity theft, etc. Not only does a company need to protect its own interest, but it also needs to keep confidential client information safe from prying eyes. This is when the importance of obtaining EMC storage hardware comes into play.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EMC AX Series Maker Tops PBBA Marketplace in 2014’s Second Quarter

With the increased customer adoption and use of PBBA systems for storage, backup, and recovery optimization, along with exceptional growth the industry experiences yearly, it is clear that the technology won’t be going away anytime soon, and that rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated. Reason behind the growth Experts believe the exceptional industry growth is due to the growing need of many of today’s businesses to improve backup window time, achieve seamless integration with current backup utilities, and accomplish faster restore and recovery times. Experts add that this trend is likely to continue in the foreseeable future as more customers realize PBBA’s benefits in terms of rapid data recovery, deduplication, and virtual server protection.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buyer Right to EMC Storage Hardware May Soon Extend to Linked Software

For EMC controllers & systems dealers, like Tab Data Systems, the approval of the new legislation will bring with it a huge sigh of relief, as relaxed software licensing terms will make trading legacy hardware simpler for both dealers and their clients alike.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Five Great Reasons to Trust ASCDI-NATD Member EMC CLARiiON Dealers

When working with an EMC CLARiiON dealer, remember to check their membership with the ASCDI-NATD. Doing business with ASCDI-NATD member dealers, like Tab Data Systems, ensures that you will receive quality equipment for your money and that you will be treated professionally with every transaction.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EMC CLARiiON Storage Arrays as Enterprise Tape Backup Alternative

Finally, they require special storage if they are expected to meet their promised archival storage lifespan. Building and maintaining the climate controlled storage facility required to store these drives for years can be cost-prohibitive, with the same being true about hiring a company for this purpose. Fortunately, EMC CLARiiON storage arrays provide an attractive alternate—or replacement, if your organization already uses magnetic tapes for archiving—option for backup storage. Of disk as a tape replacement, the analysts at DCIG say:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Building Your Own Skynet on EMC Storage Hardware and Software Systems

In order to compete, businesses need to invest in hardware technologies that will allow them to do what top businesses like Google are doing. Of course, that doesn’t mean actually getting to a level of complexity of actual Skynet, but rather, being able to implement a scaled-down model of sorts. To do that, however, requires that companies invest in storage technologies where the data gathered can be contained for processing. With so much data needing to be filed away, the high-capacity capabilities of EMC storage hardware systems make them an attractive option for Big Data storage needs.

Friday, August 15, 2014

EMC CLARiiON CX4 Storage Arrays Fill Low-end Enterprise Storage Gaps

When the EMC CLARiiON CX4 was launched in 2008, storage industry experts noted that, despite the array’s lower price tag, it effectively blurred the lines between EMC’s flagship enterprise-level Symmetrix and the mid-line Clariion CX series systems. The CX4 rolled out in four different configurations; CX4-120, CX4-240, CX4-480, and the top of the line CX4-960. In each, the three digit model number denotes the number of drives it can support. For example the CX4-960 can take up to 960 X 2TB HDDs with a maximum system capacity of 1899 TB, nearly equal to the maximum capacity of the Symmetrix line.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Deciding Between Hybrid or 100% SSD Storage on EMC Storage Hardware

Since the differences between full SSD and hybrid systems are fairly well defined, the choice of going either route is usually relatively black and white. If having the lowest latencies and response times and the highest IOPS and throughput are absolute must-haves right now, then going 100 percent SSD will benefit your organization more. Otherwise, a slow and steady transition to SSD via the hybrid route and taking advantage of lower future NAND prices might be a better way to go. Fortunately, both of these adoption strategies are available to storage architects in the context of legacy EMC storage hardware. Most EMC controllers & systems have supported SSD technology since it first became available on their Symmetrix line. The technology eventually made the leap devices for small- and medium-sized businesses, including its CX4 storage area network series.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EMC CLARiiON AX4 Allows SMBs to Build Custom Architectures Affordably

"Lowe’s experience with deploying the EMC CLARiiON AX4 in a custom-designed, high-availability architecture highlights what sets the system apart when pitted against other SMB storage solutions in its class. Unlike most other products, the AX4 is not merely a rigid set of hardware crammed into a controller box. Instead, it is a full-fledged SAN with features and capabilities you’d expect from a similar enterprise-level solution, albeit in a much-scaled-down version. Unlike preassembled storage hardware, the highly customizable EMC AX series SANs allow storage architects to design and build systems of varying size, complexity, and priority. For the IT departments of SMBs, this means being able to provide a storage solution uniquely suited to the specific needs of their parent organizations while staying within the company’s prescribed IT budget."

Monday, July 21, 2014

What Type of EMC Storage Hardware is Right for Your Organization?

"Unified Storage Unified storage combines block-level storage and file-level storage into one platform. A popular example is the EMC VNX unified storage line, which can use both mechanical and solid-state EMC hard drives, available from storage providers, like Tab Data Systems. Storage managers are given free rein over what portions of the storage unit are used as either block-level or file-level storage. Good for: Organizations that see heavy use of both block-level and file-level storage. Reducing processing overhead and improving storage performance by replacing volumes on block-level storage designed strictly for file-level storage use. Reducing the amount of physical space needed to house an organization’s entire storage infrastructure when the organization uses both block-level and file-level storage devices."

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Implications of Google Study on Used EMC CLARiiON Hard Drive Industry

"The study was also able to find meaningful correlation between four SMART signals—all of which were indicative of bad sectors—and increased chance of failure over the study period. In used drives, it is a given that some of the drives vendors obtain for resale will have raised one of these four SMART signals. To account for this, great care is taken to test and classify drives before they are released back on the market. Typically, drives are given a grade; for example A, B and C. When a drive is found to have raised any of the four SMART signals Google researchers identified, they are given a grade of B or C, and priced accordingly. B drives may have some “soft” errors or specific types of re-allocation errors that allow for limited use in non-critical situations. C grade drives are often sold as parts or properly recycled. It is useful to note that only 56 percent of failed drives in the Google study raised such errors. Additionally, of the set that did raise those four signals,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Google Study Reinforces the Reliability of Used EMC Storage Hardware

"The study produced some very interesting, if not disappointing, results. First, it was unable to find a useful correlation between the age of a drive and its annualized failure rate (AFR) beyond the two year point. Like us, drives have a finite life and age does become a predictor years down the road. Yet observed rates in the study period were more strongly influenced by particular drive models than by the actual overall vintage. In fact, when looking at specific drive models, many had a decrease in failure rates after a spike in year 3. This went against conventional wisdom that hard disk drive failure scaled proportionally with age. Instead, data gathered showed that the AFR of hard disk drives was noticeably influenced by the infant mortality phenomenon during their first year of life, highest to the 3 month data point and receding thereafter to a low of less than 2% at the one year point. After a seemingly strange model driven jump in the period beginning the third year, the A

Thursday, May 29, 2014

EMC CLARiiON AX4 Ideal Midmarket SAN Storage for VMWare Deployments

Designed by the same company that publishes VMWare, the SMB-targeted member of the EMC CLARiiON line of SANs allows smaller companies to make full use of VMWare’s enterprise-level features. This gives IT departments the freedom to design their infrastructures to improve hardware utilization, increase redundancy and availability, and ease maintenance.

Using Distributed Resource Scheduler, accurate control of available physical resources allows organizations to optimize their energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs. The High Availability utility automatically detects server failures and reroutes traffic to other (working) channels. Finally, Storage vMotion can be used to migrate running virtual machines to other systems when taking a SAN down for maintenance to avoid productivity-reducing downtimes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

EMC Storage Hardware Protect Stored Company Data at an Affordable Cost

As a notable example, used or refurbished EMC storage hardware, which have a reputation in the industry for durability and reliability, can be deployed for SAN installations at a greatly reduced cost. Since SANs can be deployed without being exposed to the Internet—as a shared disk file system, for example—they can be used to store even the most important and sensitive company data without constant fear of external infiltration.

Such reasons define why businesses continue to field legacy EMC hard drives, controllers, and systems, and why companies like Tab Data Systems thrive to this day. While cloud computing services have revolutionized the industry of enterprise storage in many ways, its inability to provide the security and protection on-premises systems afford means that it will, until its security issues can be forever put to rest, remain just one tool in the enterprise storage architect’s toolbox.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Legacy EMC CLARiiON CX4: Ideal Low-cost, High-Performance SAN Solution

In January 2011, EMC ultimately sealed the fate of the CX4 with the launch of the VNX line of unified storage devices. This new line combined the capabilities of the CLARiiON SAN line and Celerra NAS line, making both lines redundant. By the first quarter of 2012, both of these lines were discontinued, taking all EMC CX series devices along with them.

As the precursor to the now-current VNX line, the EMC CLARiiON CX4 taught EMC and Dell many valuable lessons that would help form the basis for the full-featured unified storage systems both companies produce today. However, more importantly, the venerable storage array system taught many of its users what they should look for in a SAN.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Not Just for Cars: EMC Storage Hardware Makes Hybrid Systems Possible

This need has been filled by the more widespread use of solid-state flash technology in enterprise storage systems. In fact, for the last half decade, moving all storage requirements over to solid state drives (SSDs) has been a major point of discussion among many in the IT industry. However, because enterprise-level SSDs are still relatively expensive, such a move presents companies with a difficult problem: keeping their IT acquisition budgets in check.

Fortunately, companies deploying EMC storage hardware have access to a practical solution. By taking advantage of the EMC VNX storage arrays’ ability to mix SSD drives and inexpensive old-school spin-up drives, companies can utilize hybrid arrays that provide the high input/output per second or IOPS required for processing highly active data while keeping more passive data on less expensive mechanical drives.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

EMC CLARiiON AX4, Low-cost SAN for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

To make way for a new line of storage solutions fit for today’s heavily interconnected business environment, the CLARiiON SAN and Celerra NAS (network-attached storage) lines were eventually merged into the now-current VNX line of unified storage solutions. This led to the ultimate discontinuation of the CLARiiON line, which included the AX4/AX4-5 SANs. However, supported by providers like Tab Data Systems, the SMB-friendly EMC AX Series still holds on to a significant share of dedicated fans.

The AX4 owes its post-discontinuation success heavily to EMC and Dell’s insightful development of a robust, yet easy-to-use, reliable and secure SAN, well-adapted to the SMB market. Inexpensive yet practical, the storage array line delivered performance that overlapped even its full-featured CX3-10 cousin at a cost that many smaller businesses could afford.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

EFD: Creating a “SOLID” foundation for EMC storage hardware with “STATE” of the art in EMC hard drives.

With virtually no moving parts unlike its predecessor, solid-state drives (SSD) are a step above the venerable hard disk drive (HDD) in terms of speed and reliability. At start-up, an SSD-equipped computer can take you to your desktop 18 seconds faster on average than one with a HDD. Though speeds vary depending on technology used, even consumer level MLC based SSDs write data a lot faster; around twice as fast as the HDD. SSD technology also provides higher mean time between failure (MTBF) than conventional spin-up drives, a testament to the benefits of no moving parts that create heat, vibration and the dreaded head crashes from shock and mechanical failures.

For the average PC user a few seconds gained may not warrant the relatively high cost per unit of storage with an SSD, but in the world of Big Data every millisecond counts. Even medium size enterprises are slowly making the shift to SSD from HDD due to promises of performance and reliability. Every second saved with faster IOPS (input-output per second), leads to increased efficiency and profits. The latest in EMC storage hardware is helping companies to do just that. But not with just any SSD.