Hardware upgrading News
February 09, 2017
Nimble Storage jumped on the all-flash bandwagon in 2016, but didn't forget its disk fans by upgrading its CS-Series mixing flash and hard disk drives.
October 18, 2016
Version 6.5 of VMware's VSAN hyper-converged platform aims to simplify VSAN deployment in remote offices and all-flash nodes, but the update lacks groundbreaking features.
August 26, 2016
Free flash controller upgrades with array warranty and maintenance agreements are common as field data shows flash is lasting longer than expected compared to the controllers.
June 21, 2016
Tegile Systems and Pure Storage are pushing more cost-effective flash upgrade programs that are customized for the IT utility model for all-flash arrays.
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The latest version of vSphere brings new capabilities to the vSphere Distributed Switch. So how do you go about upgrading an outdated version of vDS? Continue Reading
While new features coming in Microsoft System Center 2016 may sway an organization to consider upgrading, the loss of functionality may put off some from making a switch. Continue Reading
Microsoft has tried to quell concerns administrators may have when upgrading failover clusters to Windows Server 2016 by smoothing out difficulties in the process. Continue Reading
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Rufus -- short for Reliable USB Formatting Utility -- is a free Windows tool that can create a bootable VMware ESXi installer and a custom installation package in mere minutes. Continue Reading
Before you rush to replace servers with more of the same, consider your organization's long-term goals and whether a move to the cloud might be the better option. Continue Reading
Effective server management requires monitoring, documentation and, sometimes, a move off premises. Discover top server management tips and how to apply them to your data center. Continue Reading
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In switching out my 10-year-old monitors for this year's model(s), a monitor upgrade saves on money and energy, delivers more pixels and better USB. Continue Reading
Admins may be eager to put Exchange Server 2016 into production after installation, but they should check off several tasks to ensure the messaging platform is stable. Continue Reading
Windows 7 is not dead. There are many reasons IT keeps it around. To make the OS perform well, admins must modernize it and make sure all patches are up to date. Continue Reading
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By making the best use of what's already in place, and investing carefully and only where needed, an organization can extend a data center's life. This will buy it time to study and decide where its data center is headed next. To make good decisions about what to keep, what to upgrade, and what to replace, IT professionals will need to begin with a careful audit of the data center. Having detailed information will enable decision makers to balance cost and performance so that improvements can be made without heavy investments in new gear.
Since many businesses will not be adding more space, data center efficiency is paramount. This guide looks at how small data center improvements can be enough to give aging technology another lease on life. Redoing cables can help. And adding sensors and incorporating best practices from data center infrastructure management can make an existing facility more manageable.
Small-scale enhancements of this sort can help prolong a facility's useful life, buying an organization more time to make long-term decisions about its IT infrastructure. Data center improvements don't need to be costly or complicated. And if a company isn't sure about that facility's future value, any changes made now had better be reasonable in cost and scale. By finding cost-effective projects, an IT team can squeeze a little more performance and a little more time from that existing data center.Continue Reading
What are obstacles to SIP trunking? Gartner analyst Sorell Slaymaker explained at Enterprise Connect what barriers enterprises face deploying SIP trunks. Continue Reading
To update an ESXi 3.5 host to ESXi 4.1, you will need to use mixed clusters for a short period before the process is complete. Continue Reading