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  1. Backup & Disaster Recovery Best Practices

    Backup & Disaster Recovery Best Practices

    Backup, Replication, and Disaster Recovery (DR) have drastically changed, but the fundamental best practices remain the same.

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  2. Data Protection by Dell EMC

    Data Protection by Dell EMC

    In the backup space, many of you only know Dell for their higher end Data Domain appliances.  In mid-2019 Dell EMC announced a completely overhauled Data Protection Solutions product portfolio, the result of years of work and huge capital investments. 

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  3. Tips and Tools for Sizing vSAN Clusters

    Tips and Tools for Sizing vSAN Clusters

    VMware vSAN is a big departure from traditional 3 tier server/network/storage architecture. In this post we will give you some helpful advice on sizing a vSAN cluster.

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  4. When HCI is the WRONG choice

    When HCI is the WRONG choice

    Right now, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure aka HCI is all the rage. Like many new solutions that rapidly gain popularity the hype can often overshadow whether the solution is truly right for your specific requirements.

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  5. End of Life Coming for Windows Server 2008

    End of Life Coming for Windows Server 2008

    On January 14th, 2020 Extended Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will cease! What does this mean? End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.

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  6. Mean Time Between Failures

    Mean Time Between Failures

    There are acronyms for everything now days. It can be even more confusing and complex in the technology industry, especially when it comes to enterprise hardware. Hard drives alone have dozens of acronyms. Drives are classified by type HDD, SSD, SAS and SATA. Within the types of drives, the performance and endurance have acronyms too. Lost you yet? Here’s a breakdown on some of those acronyms related to drive failures, what they mean, how they’re calculated, and how you can use them.

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  7. Should You Always Use Read Intensive SSDs?

    Should You Always Use Read Intensive SSDs?

    When it comes to Solid State Drives (SSDs), what does Read Intensive (RI), Mixed Use (MU), and Write Intensive (WI) really mean? Are RI SSDs the best and only option for read applications? If you’re doing read and write applications, do you need a Mixed Use drive? Below is charted data that compares the Performance, Endurance, Random Reads, and Random Writes between RI, MU, and WI SSDs.

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  8. 14th Generation Comparison - R640, R740, and R740xd

    14th Generation Comparison - R640, R740, and R740xd

    xByte Technologies and ITPro.tv team-up to provide this video that covers the 14th generation Dell EMC R640R740, and R740xd servers. Upgrades from previous generations and differences between the server models are among the items discussed.

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  9. How much bandwidth is enough?

    How much bandwidth is enough?

    How much bandwidth is enough? The instinctual answer, born from harsh experience always seems to be “more than is available”, but is this actually true? As with anything in IT, the answer is “it depends”. Fortunately, most of the key variables can be quantified.

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  10. xByte’s 13th Gen Server Chat

    xByte’s 13th Gen Server Chat

    Dell has now released several 13th generation servers. The 12th generation servers really pushed the envelope in terms of capacity and server density. Check out the xByte Server Chat video below about some of the 13th generation changes and upgrades. To get a Dell 13th generation server, contact an xByte Rep today!

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