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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Testing the Limits of the Dell H710 RAID Controller with SSD

    Testing the Limits of the Dell H710 RAID Controller with SSD

    Several of xByte’s customers have asked if the Dell H710P controller would ultimately limit the performance of a large number of SSD’s in a server.  While it seems that it would be a bottle neck, I didn’t have any test data that would show to what extent the H710P would limit SSD array performance.  I therefore could not definitely advise our customer on the best number of SSD drives to serve their needs.

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  8. Using CacheCade to get 15K performance from 7.2K Drives

    Using CacheCade to get 15K performance from 7.2K Drives

    Often there is performance tradeoff between large slower drives and smaller faster drives.  SAS 15K drives provide phenomenal performance but their limited size can result in lack of usable disk space.  Conversely, Near Line SAS drives offer huge amounts of usable space but their performance is lackluster.  This performance gap can be filled using the CacheCade feature on some Dell PERC controllers that allow the use of SSD drives as read cache.

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  9. Dangers of RAID 5 Array with SATA Drives

    Dangers of RAID 5 Array with SATA Drives

    For many in the tech industry, RAID 5 has always been the recommended RAID level when creating new arrays.  When I was first deploying a new iSCSI SAN for xByte, I found strong recommendations against using RAID 5.  I took the advice and deployed a 17 disk RAID 6 array.  With 17 10K SAS drives, performance was more than we needed.  Now with added role of Sales Engineer, I wanted to revisit the dangers of RAID 5 more completely so we can give the best advice possible to xByte’s customers.

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  10. Best Dell Storage: Fibre, iSCSI, or Direct Attached?

    Best Dell Storage: Fibre, iSCSI, or Direct Attached?

    Technology within the world of enterprise class storage is evolving at a higher rate of speed than ever before.  Three different standards have emerged within the industry.  Each having its own set of advantages depending on the type of situation they are implemented into.

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