3 benefits of Software Defined Storage

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Sep 6, 2017 7:45:00 AM

If you’re like many of our clients, you’ve become frustrated with the cost, complexity and capability of your storage solutions.  Storage issues is listed as a top pain point for IT management. Around half of IT decision makers say their current solution will not fulfill their storage needs in the future.¹ 

Data growth is not slowing down, and now even more than ever there is a huge priority to protect and be assured your data is protected. Today we take a look at Software defined storage as an option in helping organisations address the numerous storage and data challenges they are facing today.

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Topics: Storage

What’s new at Present? Three exciting announcements to share!

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on May 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The main reason for our blog is to share insightful news and views on technology with our clients.  But occasionally, we permit ourselves to toot our own horn.  So, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with our readers 3 updates we’re proud to have accomplished.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Storage

How to strengthen data security with tape storage

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Apr 12, 2017 7:30:00 AM

With the key role that data plays within companies, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of backups to ensure business continuity after a failure, a disaster or a malicious act. More than ever, organizations must take the necessary steps to secure their backup systems.

Tape storage might seem archaic and outdated, but it’s a solution that offers numerous benefits. A large amount of data can be stored on tape for a lower cost, and it also provides great portability and very efficient data protection.

Today, companies with a state-of-the-art storage infrastructure continue to invest in tape backup. Here's why.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Storage

Flash storage (SSD) for production: Increasingly affordable advantages

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Over the years, businesses have gradually turned towards Flash memory SSD disks for their production environment, in addition to rotating hard drives.

 

Given their numerous benefits, they are the ideal solution for organizations dealing with a high volume of ultra rapid transactions, like financial institutions. However, they are just as beneficial for the majority of companies, ranging from large businesses to SMBs, as their benefits are numerous.

 

The advantages of Flash storage, in comparison with HDD, are undeniable:

 

 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Storage

Business continuity in an era of rapid ransomware evolution

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Feb 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Ransomware is a category of malware whose purpose is to render the targeted data unusable or to block access to IT systems until a ransom is paid, generally in the form of hard to trace virtual money.

It can just as easily encrypt data from a work station as it can with what it has access to on a shared network.

 

 

A considerable threat

The 2016 Midyear Security Roundup: The Reign of Ransomware study demonstrates that throughout the first half of 2016 there was a 172% increase in cases of ransomware, in comparison to all of 2015.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Storage, IT security

RecoverPoint: accessible and reliable solution for disaster recovery

Posted by present on Jun 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A recent survey of thousands of companies worldwide, to develop a detailed picture of the situation in terms of data protection was concluded and raised disturbing findings.


In Canada, 66 % of companies say they have little confidence in their disaster recovery capabilities. It is a well-founded fear, because the data protection investment usually does not follow the constant evolution of storage solutions.

If we consider that in 2014, in Canada, the average cost of disaster recovery was $ 1.8 million, it is essential to consolidate protection and business objectives, to avoid such a catastrophic situation.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Virtualization, Storage

Solving Major Problems of Disaster Recovery Plans with the 3Rs

Posted by present on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Last month, we hosted a special conference about disaster recovery, featuring George Crump, founder of Storage Switzerland and Éric Poulin from EMC.

George’s Texas-based company is all about data protection and recovery solutions using the latest IT technologies. George leads a hands-on analytical approach, using all of his many years of experience working in data centers, on the front line of data protection and disaster recovery. His goal is to prepare companies for worst case scenarios which unfortunately tend to happen more often than what business owners think.

In his words, backup and recovery is a process. Too often the technology is blamed when things go wrong, where actually the failure is in the proper use of this technology.

In this article, we share George’s take on the major problems of disaster recovery plan and how to resolve them following the 3 R’s.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Storage

Do you have a plan to maintain IT Operations this summer?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Jun 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Each summer, many small and medium business owners take the risk of spending a few weeks without their key resources. Whether it's a system administrator, a person with expertise on specific applications or even an employee dedicated to the help desk, all have a vital role to play. Yet, when these resources are absent during the summer, everyone hopes that the infrastructure will not experience any problems to interrupt the normal flow of daily business services.


It is not for nothing that companies spend on average 70% of their IT budget to " keep the lights on." This is truly a daily requirement.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Recruitment, Managed services, Storage

Tape storage is not dead! Here's why.

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jan 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Dr. Mark Lantz, Manager, Exploratory Tape, IBM Research with his world record breaking tape demo. (Credit: IBM)

 

With the development of new storage technologies, often more efficient and practical, many companies believe that tape is dead!

The basic thinking is usually that disk storage is much faster, that in the case of cloud it enables greater reliability, and therefore, tape should be shelved because other technologies have more advantages.

Think again! Tape technology is still valid and undergoing significant advancements. For example, the industry has just launched the 7th generation technology Linear Tape-Open (LTO-7), still as reliable with its security features, but more importantly, its storage and processing capacity.

Although it should not be considered as a lone backup storage solution to meet the 3-2-1 rule (in fact, no technology should!), tape storage has benefits that shouldn’t be forgotten.

 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud, Storage

4 areas in which Flash storage surpasses other storage technologies

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jul 20, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The digital transformation that is underway is putting a demand on the infrastructures of enterprises and may lead to problems when a critical piece of infrastructure like storage is not able to keep up.

Some large companies are addressing the problem before it arises. This is the case of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. who have found a way to quadruple the speed of processing, and that by only replacing its storage hardware with IBM FlashSystem discs[i]

Here are 4 areas where Flash technology outperforms other storage technologies.

 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Storage

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The right use of technology addresses business challenges and drives business growth in all areas of an enterprise.  We hope this blog will offer insight into developing strategies and tactics to enable you to identify those key drivers of growth and keep pace with and anticipate the rapid technology change of today.

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