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This blog seeks to answer all of your burning tech questions. The articles, written by our team of diverse subject matter experts, dissect the most transformational topics shaping today's IT industry and rippling through the markets we serve. Annese strives to be your source for technology news and education.

Comparing NetApp's FAS Series vs. E-Series

Written by Blake Maras on 5/5/17 10:24 AM

Anyone who has compared NetApp's E-Series and FAS (Fabric Attached Storage) Series knows that one of the main separators is price. The E-Series, overall, is less expensive than the NetApp FAS Series; however, when evaluating the two systems, price shouldn't be the only ...

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How to Decide Between a Hardware vs. Software-based File Share Storage Approach

Written by Garrett Raymond on 4/10/17 12:03 PM

Traditionally speaking, people view file sharing two ways—hardware-based storage, like a NAS or a file-based SAN, or via a software layer obfuscated over top hardware. When talking about file shares, our primary focus is around endpoints and servers leveraging SMB, NFS, and ...

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When Data Center & Cloud Converge: Understanding Private, Public, & Hybrid Cloud

Written by Haley Cox on 8/9/16 12:09 PM

It is clear that data centers are evolving. Many companies world-wide are starting to leverage resources in the cloud as well as resources on-premises, and these resources are starting to converge. When we talk about data centers on-premises and in the cloud, both play a ...

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4 Ways to Make Your Data Center More Powerful

Written by Haley Cox on 8/8/16 4:09 PM

Historically, data centers existed to house and support access to information and services that derive knowledge and insight from that data. We’ve evolved to a place where the data center, regardless of how it exists, is there to host applications which support business ...

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3 Questions to Determine When it's Time to Upgrade or Replace Your Servers

Written by Bob Winters on 9/23/15 2:40 PM

While there may not be hard and fast rules when it comes to upgrading or replacing your server, there are several key waypoints to look out for that will help you quickly assess if further review makes sense.  Ultimately, your specific situation and requirements will drive ...

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The Top 2 Misleading “All Flash” Storage Generalizations

Written by Scott Elliott on 9/16/15 1:02 PM

Flash storage is becoming a mainstream technology in data centers all over the world. Newer All Flash storage vendors, like Pure Storage and SolidFire, have emerged. Established storage players—EMC, IBM, NetApp, HP and Dell—have either acquired or developed All Flash ...

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How Much Will a Disaster Recovery Plan Cost?

Written by Blake Maras on 6/26/15 9:00 AM

The true cost of disaster recovery is not as clear as many would think. It is easy to focus on the costs associated with the hardware, the software, and the staff it will take to recover from an IT disaster. However, this cost has many moving parts. To help you target the ...

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What to Look for in a Data Center Assessment

Written by Tom Gdula on 5/1/15 2:47 PM

Have you ever rolled out a change only to have to roll it back because of a compatibility issue or configuration gremlin that prevented success? Have you ever embarked on a project to enhance a system or service offering and experienced an unplanned outage in the process? ...

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Getting Started with Data Back-up and Recovery

Written by Christina Nordquist on 2/27/15 1:41 PM

This week's Look at Tech segment talks about the importance of a data back-up strategy and how to get started.   

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