Blazing Fast Storage – An NVMe Drive Primer

If you’ve made any storage upgrades lately, you’ve probably found yourself asking whether solid state drives (SSDs) or hard disk drives (HDDs) are your better choice. As we’ve written in a previous post, there is often a business case for using both. Even more recently, a new player has entered the arena – SSDs known […]

Network Attached Storage: Best Practices

Network attached storage (NAS) is a great choice for many small-to-midsize companies looking for an on-site storage system that balances flexibility and cost. While NAS may not offer the speed of direct attached storage (DAS) or storage area networks (SAN), what it makes up for in budget, simplicity, and scalability compared to your other options […]

Selecting a Server Monitoring Solution

Server monitoring is critical to maintaining uptime on your network. Staying on top of key stats like your servers’ response time, hardware, temperature, power usage, memory, and disk space lets you predict and remediate problems before they happen. You have a choice as to whether you run software directly on your servers or contract with […]

Keeping a Watchful Eye on Your Network with Software Tools

Preventing problems before they happen is one of the goals of good network management. From bottlenecks to overheated servers, there are a lot of moving parts in your environment that require continual monitoring. Fortunately, you have tools available to help you stay ahead of potential problems or quickly identify an issue before it grows. Today, […]

Hyper-Threading Tips and Advantages

Simultaneous multi-threading, known as Hyper-Threading Technology (HT) when referring to Intel’s technology specifically, is not something well understood by many networking professionals. But used in the right way, it can speed up performance for your servers and work stations. If you think of a processor as a highway and the cores as highway lanes, then […]

Tips for a Smooth Storage Migration

Storage migration can be tricky for a lot of reasons. Researching and choosing the right storage system, predicting storage needs, managing downtime, testing, and scheduling each have their own set of important considerations and potential pitfalls. Give Yourself Enough Time for Your Migration Project One of the most common mistakes that managers and administrators make […]

SSD vs. HDD: A Case for Both

There was a time when solid state drives (SSD) were not a technology within reach for small and medium-sized businesses. But SSD performance has dramatically improved in recent years thanks to flash technology. As the performance improves and the price drops, increasingly, companies now wonder whether they should move away from hard disk drives (HDD) […]

Scale, Speed, and Spend: Comparing File Storage Systems

In its early days, your business’s storage needs may have been pretty straightforward. But as teams, data, and computing demands grow, most companies find that they require a more flexible and systematic approach to data storage, backup, and file sharing. If you’ve done a bit of research on your options, you’ve probably seen three acronyms […]

Choosing Cloud Storage: Things to Consider

Increasingly, when it comes time for businesses to re-invest in servers and storage equipment, the question comes up: Should we migrate to a cloud storage provider? Although it’s undeniably an option that businesses are adopting at a high rate for good reason, there remain factors to consider. Whether you are thinking about making the switch […]

Value Servers: When to Choose a Lower-Cost Option

Most of the systems administrators and other tech experts we know are “early adopters” who like to have the latest technology available. For many of our customers, however, when it’s time to invest in a new server, budget restraints can mean that the most advanced tech isn’t always within reach. This may prevent some companies […]