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How to Handle IT Challenges for Today's Enterprise Storage

One of the biggest IT challenges in today's modern data center is dealing with short technology life cycles. Hardware upgrading has become a frustrating issue with fast and expensive advancements in storage media. As business grows, data rapidly increases with many organizations tasked to do even more with less resources. In addition, IT professionals struggle with complexities and risks of security breaches and ransomeware. To add even more difficulties, the latest technologies that can handle all of these issues are way too expensive. Luckily, MR2 Solutions is always up for the challenge of finding cost-efficient and the most optimized solutions for fellow IT professionals. Here are some ways to help alleviate some grievances when dealing with today's enterprise storage: 


1.) Adopt Storage Tiering within your storage solution


Storage tiering addresses performance and data availability while keeping costs reasonable and leveraging new media. There's no reason to spend on high performance storage for data not frequently used. As data grows, these expensive storage solutions will make you pay for 100% of the data while only 20% benefit from it. With limited budgets, many organizations need to realize that not all data is created equal, not all have the same access requirements. With Tier Abstraction, efficient tiering allows medium changes and adding & removing capabilities. It's crucial to analyze data to assure it resides in optimal tier. Flexibility is also important in how data moves allowing granular & build data movement between tiers. 


2.) Remember Efficient use of Storage


Just as efficient movement of data is critical, it's just as important to have efficient use of the storage medium. While storage tiering is a major strategy that helps IT professionals reach that goal, IT storage environments need in-line and in-memory global deduplication and compression that only comes from the most innovative storage manufacturers. Managers and directors should assure that no data blocks exist twice in any tier, maximizing efficiency and utilization of any media, from the least expensive external cloud storage to less expensive local hard disks, to the most expensive "prime real estate" of flash, DRAM, NVRAM and the like. 


3.) Save cost and space with embedded Data Protection


Security breaches and ransomeware while dealing with SLA requirements is another burden most IT professionals face today with their enterprise storage. While abstracting data from the physical location addresses the challenges of tiering, abstracting data from TIME addresses data protection. Accessing data from the past should be fast and simple with down-to-the-second foolproof data protection. Rather than looking for the capability of capturing snapshots for your storage solution, there is another way to protect your data. Through repeated cloning over time, unique and independent volume of data can be used for different data consumers and can be sent to remote locations or to internal customers to different locations. 


4.) Meet RTO & RPO without the High Cost


Access your data immediately with near-to zero RPO/RTO. Send data to any iSCSI target or any S3 compliant target in as low as a 5-minute RPO as data is deduped and compressed before transferring. All data appears as though it were local and hot data begins transferring back to the local volumes. Any blocks not local will be pulled and retrieved on demand. 


Now you may ask, "How do I get all of these capabilities and ensure these best practices without over spending?"


The answers are within our technology partner, Reduxio. Get simple, efficient, and effective enterprise storage that delivers performance, protection, flexibility and extensibility - a Reduxio guarantee. Want to discover more? MR2 Solutions is hosing multiple info sessions and events with Reduxio throughout this year. 

Learn from an educational technology brief and network with technology experts from MR2 Solutions & Reduxio as well as other industry peers. 

Refer to our calendar to see upcoming events and details. REGISTER NOW!




Top 3 Use Cases for Database Performance with Kaminario


MR2 Solutions works with technology partners that can bring high performance and simplicity to our client's IT infrastructure so that our clients can solve critical challenges that include storage at capacity, expanding data types, performance, and budget. Kaminario aims to redefine the future of modern data centers. Delivering agility, scalability, performance and economics a data center requires to deal with today's cloud-first, dynamic world and provide real-time data access anywhere and anytime. Below are the top 3 use cases on how Kaminario's unique solution enables organizations to success in today's on-demand world and prepares them to seamlessly handle tomorrow's innovations. 


1.) Avantis Credit Union 

Advantis was looking for a next-generation all-flash storage array to reduce latency within their environment. Native replication was a requirement. 


Why Kaminario?

  • Consistently high database performance
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Ease of installation and simplicity of management (GUI, reporting)
  • Integrated native replication


2.) Arcadia

Their customer requirements include agile scale-out/Up architecture, VDI - Citrix XenDesktop, and Test / Dev Workloads. 


Why Kaminario?

  • Predictable scalability & performance
  • Unlimited scalability
  • Cost - Cheaper & faster than Dell AFA
  • Data Reduction Benefits - Thin Provisioning, Dedupe, Compression
  • Partner relationship with CDW


3.) Broadcom

Leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions, Broadcom used Kaminario for their test lab to provide a platform to test new software and capabilities of their hardware. 


Why Kaminario? 

  • Required for their test lab to validate future software releases


Want to learn more? Contact one of our solutions specialists to dive deeper into your specific business needs. Contact Us. OR

Attend our upcoming event where we'll talk about solving critical issues such as slow running SQL queries leading to slow online responses, not being able to meet SLAs, excessive locking and application time-outs, and more. Join us for lunch at Fleming's Steakhouse in Victoria Gardens and steak will be on us! 


MR2 & Kaminario Lunch & Learn: How to Supercharge your Applications and Databases in your Data Center

Thursday May 25, 2017 | 11AM 

Fleming's Steakhouse - Victoria Gardens

 >> RSVP HERE <<




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MR2 is in TechSeen with Reduxio

MR2 Solutions thrives on bringing success to our customers. For VCA Consultants, an engineering firm that creates structural engineering design and consulting services, they were in need of a solution that could handle enterprise workloads and simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure. To competitively meet their industry standards, VCA Consultants needed leverage technology in order to meet market demands. Building Information Models, 3-D modeling projects and AutoCAD Revit in structural design required storage capacity and performance. 

After several discovery meetings to understand their specific business needs and goals, MR2 was able to diagnose their IT challenges and present to them a solution that was cost-efficient. Reduxio had offered VCA Consultants enterprise flash hybrid storage technology with a revolutionary TimeOS storage operating system that also included breakthrough storage efficiency and performance. At the same time, the solution had the ability to recover data to any second, far exceeding anything available today. >> Learn more about it here

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As a local IT solutions integrator, we strive to provide the latest information on not only today's hottest data center trends, but also the most efficient technology. We understand that managing today's modern infrastructure isn't an easy task, especially if you are a one man shop, which is why MR2 continues to deliver the most optimized solution along with unrivaled implementation & support services at the most competitive cost. In order to promise this, we strategically partner up with only the best in the industry. Our MR2 seminar events with our partners provide an educational experience - no pushing product at all - simply to inform the IT community of the latest and greatest that's out there. Our event also provide opportunities to network with other IT professionals, along with seasoned engineers and experts from our vendor partners. That way you can build trusting business relationships. 


How do we get the information out there? We use ZiftSolutions to be able to deliver updates, information and announcements to our customer base. Their platform had helped us inform our community of the technologies that can best solve their specific IT challenges and meet their business needs. Check out our case study here! >> READ MORE HERE << 

MR2 HCI Partner Revolutionizes the IT World

MR2 Solutions is proud to announce that one of our Tier 1 technology partners for Hyperconverged Infrastructure of IT, SimpliVity, had made CNBC’s list of Disruptor Companies for 2016. The list consists of very successful private companies within 15 industries – ranging from aerospace, retail, technology to financial services – whose innovations are disrupting their industries. As “forward-thinking start-ups” these companies have grown tremendously (passing the billion-dollar mark) in a such a rapid rate. The ranking of these companies were based off of how they create new ecosystems for their products and services, while “raising $41 billion in venture capital at an implied Disruptor 50 list market valuation of $242 billion..”


SimpliIVty, launched bac in 2009, now values at $1 billion with $276 million in funding. Their ranking is also validated through how their customers also play a strong role in investing in the company. In this case, Waypoint Capital, having the SimpliVity’s platform within five of its global sites, also led a $175 million round of financing last year. With the company having 750 employees in 24 countries, SimpliVity had grown its customer base 2.5 times in the past year.

As MR2 Solutions continues to work with SimpliVity, we are providing our customers the relevant information and innovative technologies that can enable businesses to get ahead of their competitors.

Read more on the “Meet the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 Companies” article.


For more information on SimpliVity, learn more here.

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