Our focus revolves around storage trends in the multi-terabyte range. i.e. Challenges with explosive data growth, how to implement D2D based archival at affordable prices, and ways to scale up and out without being locked into primary vendor choke holds. Tiered Storage was our 2008 theme and we architected and implemented a great deal of it. Email archival also took off, while dedup and compliance issues just seemed to be alot of noise. iSCSI and NAS options are what we were asked most to configure and quote. Our theme for 2009 is “Front Ending Open Storage”. We already have our favored 24/7 raid array suppliers in place and factoring in cost per GB. at all time lows with green power and equal or superior support/service-we can take on bigger brand names and come out way ahead on cost containment w/o sacrificing features. What clients still worry about most, is the fact that they have been single vendor biased for so long that if they stray, their jobs could be on the line. We are now talking to former “all EMC” or “All IBM” shops who see the need to tier. If you could implement a backup copy of all critical files to be failed over to, in event of a data center disaster, why wouldn’t you do that? Cost is the only answer. These purebred shops are now looking at becoming hybrid shops. We can help and that’s what Condor Storage does a great job at.
You must know the game you are in, esp. in today’s “economy”. We are on direct with emerging storage vendors and offer unique front end ways to scale commodity disk to petabytes. We’ve added HPC servers and clustered solutions this year. A carry over from 2008 are value deals for SMB’s. 24 slot tape loaders are a steal right now, as well as turnkey NAS appliances and D2D backup solutions. You won’t find our specials and incentives on this blog very often, you’ll need to get on our mail list this year by visiting our “Contact Us” page. We are happy to impart our knowledge via a one-to-one phone call or site meeting. I hope to hear from more of you with unique IT issues to solve. Bring it on for 2009 and bring me your brand name snobs too! We’ll be gentle in our sales approach, aggessive with our price quotes and will focus 100% on “your unique” data storage questions. To quote a client of mine managing a PB., it’s the not asking that can get you in trouble! Call me directly at 888-472-8028.
Happy 2009. -Jeanne