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Breqwatr: OpenStack solution to standardize cloud environments

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

For almost two years, the Canadian start-up company Breqwatr has brought to market a revolutionary solution for business.

Toronto-based Breqwatr delivers a hyper-converged, all-flash OpenStack appliance for private cloud storage especially preconfigured, resulting in a turnkey solution.


Programmable OpenStack: Innovative, but laborious

OpenStack platform is a set of open source software that allows anyone to set up private cloud services from standard equipment. This technology is seen as the way forward for companies that want to remain competitive, it includes deduplication, compression and thin-provisioning storage services.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Converged infrastructure, Cloud

5 key announcements made ​​at EMC World 2016 on the future of IT

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jun 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Each year, the EMC World conference is positioned as a major IT event. It brings together professionals in our industry to discuss new developments and challenges in the digital age.

This popular event again surprised the attendees gathered with numerous important announcements.

Five major announcements particularly caught our attention when editing EMC World 2016, with a major theme of modernization of data centers.

1. The Dell family grows by acquiring EMC

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Events, Digital transformation

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

vCloud Air, a natural cloud extension of vSphere

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Nov 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM

vCloud Air is a cloud service launched by VMware in 2014. Highly secure, vCloud Air effectively combines the flexibility and scalability of a public cloud with the benefits associated to your existing infrastructure.

In this sense, it is a cloud that can be truly hybrid and is a very interesting option to meet the ever growing IT needs of businesses and thereby ensure their productivity.

With extreme flexibility, which is one of the benefits sought by companies when they use cloud services, vCloud Air offers all the elements of IaaS (Infrastructrure-as-a-Service) and also of Raas (Recovery-as-a-service), also known as DRaaS (Disaster-Recovery-as-as-service).
If you already use VMware and its hypervisor, the use of the services offered by vCloud Air is a logical and efficient next step, both from an operational and financial point of view.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

4 situations where cloud services provide business benefits

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Oct 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Recently I had the chance to attend the VMworld 2015 conference in San Francisco, organised by the leaders in virtualization and x86 infrastructure software, VMware. I discovered, among other things, that the cloud services trends is continuing to grow in popularity.

Moreover, VMware is pushing its cloud services offering even further, especially with object storage systems and disaster recovery data protection, which allows companies to better manage their IT infrastructure.

Here are four situations in which companies may want to consider cloud in their IT strategy.


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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

Should you migrate your Linux from x86 to Power servers?

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Sep 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you have a business in Quebec, you probably have a Linux operating system on Intel x86 servers. In fact, for the majority of SMBs, this is possibly the best option.

However, for businesses with high workloads, it may be more advantageous to migrate Linux on x86 to an IBM Power system.


1. Power servers and x86: two different philosophies

Power servers operate on the principle of linear scalability, making them highly efficient. With an output directly proportional to the number of processors that are added to them, performance is predictable.

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Topics: IT infrastructure

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

Isilon: an innovative solution for managing unstructured data

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jul 2, 2015 7:30:00 AM

With the exponential growth of unstructured data, companies are facing challenges with storing this data and maintaining their environment at a high level of performance and availability.

It’s true that file servers will do the work ... but with budgetary implications that are as astronomical as the volume of data stored. The challenges associated to the management of these systems are also a source of growing concern.

EMC’s Isilon series was designed to address these problems. It can efficiently replace environments of any size by a single file storage infrastructure while at the same time offering ease of management, incredible growth potential and a much higher performance to traditional solutions.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability

The foundations of the new IT model: 5 reasons to attend the May 7 event

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Apr 23, 2015 7:30:00 AM

We are at a turning point in IT infrastructures that were until recently more traditional and are become increasingly virtualized.

With the advent of SDDC or Software-Defined Data Center that includes virtualization of all the elements of a data center: storage, servers, networking and broader management, we decided to bring together leaders of SDDC to present the trends of the new IT model on May 7th at the restaurant Le Graziella (register here-presentations are in French).

As an IT leader, you are pivotal in contributing to your company’s growth and this event is being organized to help.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Events

How to do due diligence for your IT recovery plan

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jan 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

When we talk about an IT disaster recovery plan, it is obvious that the responsibility for implementing one lies with IT managers. However, senior management must understand the implications of the absence of such a plan to be able to make the right decisions.

Despite frequent discussions between senior management and IT managers,  it often still happens that the stakes and repercussions for the company are not fully understood.

We talk every week with clients who face crisis situations because of this misunderstanding. A recent example we saw was that of a company that had underinvested in its IT infrastructure for several years as senior management believed that all the best practices were in place to both maintain the availability of its environment and ensure recovery in case of disaster.  When in reality, the infrastructure presented major risks that were identified by doing due diligence. 


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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR)

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