This Summers Top 5 Identified IT Projects

June 7, 2010 Leave a reply

Survey Reveals Top 5 "Front Burner" Projects among Clients

Condor Storage’s expertise is recommending solution suggestions for all of these five identified issues. We have carefully aligned with vendors that excel in each of these areas. There is always a built in layer of pricing for the most enterprise rich solution, so how does a client determine the value vs. feature formula that is the best cost, with least amount of sacrifice on features, for his/her exact project requirements? That is what a solution provider spends their time doing, we are professional match makers. 50% of our time is spent keeping a pulse on industry trends, as well as health checks among our client and colleague installations, vendor strengths and weaknesses,  in depth vendor reviews on new products, analyst viewpoints, and emergent and reoccuring themes of our clients “pain points”. Woe to today’s integrator who does not have a myriad of solutions at the ready for optimizing online data storage. It’s becoming a world of online, all the time, instant restore and failover and multiple tiers off primary arrays for cost savings under tremendous growth patterns.  Please visit our “Contact Us” page for no cost, pre-sales consultation. Thank you for reading our blog.
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The Whole Enchilada

May 4, 2010 Leave a reply

I’m seeing alot of technical call outs for storage solutions encompassing CIFS and NFS, SAN provisioning and replication with snapshots. Condor offers many vendor solutions that allow for above the norm design in features. We have acceleration appliances for highest IOPS , which can equal a 10 node NAS cluster in performance at an entry level cost of $35K. We have enterprise arrays, starting at under $10K for 14TB of full featured SAN with 24/7 support inclusive. If you call out your technical specs to me, we shall work with vendor engineers to architect an impressive match, feature by desired feature , with terrific price points. My promise, I shall  spare no effort on your behalf in our research phase, if you provide adequate details on what you are seeking.  -JMW

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The Move to JBODS is Emerging

April 22, 2010 Leave a reply

We are seeing a trend in larger data centers to move to JBODs. I wonder who invented that term? The actual definition I found when Googling is: “Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) is a term for one or more disk drives that form a single volume. However, the information on these disks is not striped in any way or protected”. While this may be true, jbods can now be enabled by fault tolerant software with failover and full file format data restoration. The IP is not residing on a raid controller which can drive up the cost for each shelf of expansion by $5-10K or more. Density is good when trying to hold down energy costs. Per end users with multiple racks, for each tier of storage in a separate cabinet with six 30-amp circuits they pay at least $1000 a month higher energy costs than if they had all three tiers in one box. It’s never been easier or more logical to explore a tiered solution that offers a solid design, all hot-swap parts, advance replacement of all parts plus three tiers enabled under one cover. We offer solid state, SAS 15K RPM and 2TB SATA all in one  4U JBOD. The software is free for proof of concept and the hardware is the easy part. I need an Apple Ipad to keep all the options in front of me as our vendor matrix is so chock full of options. Data storage is where I focused my talents back when Seagate released 20MB drives, and I still love it. I watched Oprah’s show this week on “dream jobs” from cake bakers to techno-nerds who get to test things first…and I count myself fortunate to be able to architect all kinds of storage combinations,  for all kinds of projects. The quiver has never been so powerful in the disk drive sector, in my humble opinion. :)   JMW

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Tier 1 SAN at Tier 2 Cost

July 23, 2008 Leave a reply

Nexsan has announced the DATAbeast storage solution thru it’s reseller partners, now available as a toally integrated SAN solution. It has alot to offer our clients who cannot afford a three lettter SAN but it really fits best for clients looking at 70+ TB. of storage. With 4GB. fibre connections and redundancy back to the switch, this promises to offer a swiss army knife of SAN features all under one part number vs. the “that’s extra but available” answer that many SAN vendors will answer back with. The array features 4GB Fibre Channel interfaces for access to block-level data and NAS interfaces for access to file-level information. With the DATABeast, all components are pre-installed, preconfigured and ready for operations in a 42U or 25U rack mount configurations.
The DATABeast also includes management tools that allow thin provisioning, VMWare support, storage pooling, tiering and virtualization, as well as mirroring, snapshots and replication.
Please contact us for a webinar on this product and get a free Nexsan T-Shirt sent to you upon completion. (black shirt, purple logo, nice quality)

List Price: The DATABeast prices between $1,800 and $2,700 per terabyte MSRP and we offer significant discounts as part of our value add plus competitive matrixes so you can easily compare it to the other brands you may be investigating. Condor Storage is superb at brokering significant discounts for our clients. Please call us if you are obtaining price quotes for a SAN or hybrid SAN/NAS planned purchase. 888-472-8028 or 928-284-2535.

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Finally, after being held hostage, a REAL easy to use migration tool priced right

September 13, 2007 Leave a reply

I tried to play nice before with vendors like Arkivio, who were grossly overcharging for their migration tools and acting like fat overstuffed kings of the ILM sector. Move over you lamb-engorged pillagers, Moonwalk has arrived fresh from down under. It’s designed for tiering storage, policy based management, file reduction, and it’s skinny sw (like a DLL)…plus a cheap workstation can be deployed on the front end. This is one of half a dozen products we are rolling out for Q4 and literally jumping up and down about! For a limited time only, we are offering free downloads so you can try it for yourself with expert follow up and webinars with free gifts.  Please request “Moonwalk download” from our ”Contact Us” page at www.condorstorage.com or go to: www.moonwalkinc.com and mention Condor sent you, that’s how we survive. Over ‘n Out,  JMW. Read More: Moonwalk Overview

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