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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!

 

>> REDUXIO EVENTS HERE << 

 

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 <<

 

 

 

"A Day in the Life of an IT Manager" by the Leaders of Hyperconvergence

 

 

As IT solution integrators and managed service providers, MR2 Solutions constantly tries to ensure that their customers are satisfied with their IT investments. A constant dialogue is kept between MR2 clients and MR2 engineers and specialists to make sure everything is covered from deployment, implementation, to tech support. In doing this, MR2 representatives keep a professional and trusting business relationship with their customers.

 

With technology and data growing rapidly and rigorously, our customers face the complexity, scalability and cost issues in their environment. MR2 has recognized this industry problem and has turned to a leading manufacturer of a trending solution called hyperconvergence to simplify IT and management. Similarly, this leading vendor, SimpliVity, also recognized the specialized needs of IT managers and directors who deal with these IT pain points first hand.

MR2 Solutions likes and promotes SimpliVity’s “A Day in the Life of an IT Manager” because it talks about real life issues of IT managers. Designed to help proactive IT leaders plan for their company’s future, this eBook also helps them discover how environments can simplify their network infrastructure while remaining efficient and productive. It analyzes what makes today’s data center are so challenging and how IT professionals can visualize a new way of working.

 

“Imagine a way of working in which you have the time to really help your company improve the way it does business, and save you money.” – SimpliVity

Check it out here

 

Learn More about SimpliVity at an upcoming partner event throughout the month of September! 

 

Sept. 10, 2015 | IT Lunch & Learn 

(NORCAL) The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse | 11:30AM 

4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 

 

Sept. 15, 2015 | Happy Hour Baseball w/ SF Giants 

(NORCAL) Happy Hour Reception | Paragon Bar & Restaurant | 5:15 PM 

701 Second St. San Francisco, CA 94107

SF Giants game @ AT&T Stadium | 7PM

 

Sept. 24, 2014 | Happy Hour Baseball w/ SD Padres

(SOCAL) Happy Hour Reception | McCormick & Schmick's | 4:15PM

675 L St. San Diego, CA 92101

SD Padres game & Petco Park | 6PM

 

 

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Network World's Favorite IT Product

Who is PernixData?

Network World names PernixData FVP software as one of their favorite IT products. PernixData’s software ultimately virtualizes server flash and RAM to accelerate application performance and lowers IT costs by decoupling storage performance and capacity. It’s a favorite to many data centers because it compliments existing servers and storage environments without requiring any rip and replace. It provides optimal performance with no needed changes to business applications, hosts or storage by optimizing both read and writes using fault tolerant memory. Users claimed to have seen a drop in I/O utilization on storage arrays, and substantially lower web page response times. Senior Systems Engineer of Fanatics says “The average VM latency on our e-commerce applications went from approximately 12ms to < 1 ms with PernixData FVP software in production.” (via Network World)  

 

What problems do they solve?

With virtualization being the largest trend in data centers over the last 10 years due to its cost savings and increased operational efficiency results, more and more applications are becoming virtualized. However, this type of growth also comes with is a decrease in application performance. The main cause of this problems is derived from the storage array, in which studies show that over 70% of application performance support calls are tied to storage related issues. PernixData believes both in quantity and quality when it comes to their FVP software, which is why their solution addresses latency, I/O bottlenecks and other storage IT challenges that many IT professionals face in their data centers. However, most IT professionals know that best practice is to improve capabilities of their SAN is by moving from iSCSI to Fibre Channel or by upgrading the SAN itself with faster disks and more capacity. The problem with this is that it’s every costly and disruptive to the environment and doesn’t always guarantee application performance.

What companies need and what PernixData offers is a way to improve storage performance separate from storage capacity. A software solutions is necessary to break free from the burdensome and continuous storage upgrades.

Find out how PernixData FVP software solutions can help you discover how to achieve better application performance while saving immensely on storage costs at our MOVIE PREMIERE EVENT ON MAY 1

Also, joining them for a special technology briefing is SimpliVity, who will be talking about simplified IT environments and data efficiency with hyperconvergence on the BIG SCREEN. Register now to attend our event that comes with a complimentary lunch box and tickets to see the new Avengers: Ultron. Network with subject matter experts that can help upgrade your environment to the next generation data center and even be eligible to win raffle prizes!

 

Friday May 1, 2015 | 12PM

AMC Tustin 14 Theater –  The District, 2457 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782

> REGISTER HERE

 

MR2 Solutions Partners with the World's 5th Most Innovative Company

 

March started off with an innovative start as MR2 Solutions and Huawei shook hands to be strategic partners for the local IT community. Emulating the business models of leading edge manufacturers, MR2 Solutions strives to be as innovative as the enterprise companies they work with. MR2 Solutions also embraces the changes of technology as it becomes their obligation and pleasure to share this knowledge to their customers. 

But first, who is Huawei? 

A global ICT solution provider who originated in China, Huawei Enterprise USA offers world class management and network development. Heavily investing in R&D, this market leading manufacturer brings the latest and most revolutionized technology to enterprise infrastructure networks. Claiming to help build more efficient business models, they serve a variety of verticals, including governments, educational institutions, finance corporations and more. In an overall grand scale, Huawei provides solutions that involve unified communications, emergency response efficiency, wireless broadband, BYOD, data center and cloud storage.

With MR2 Solutions specializing in storage and network infrastructure, we bring in Huawei to talk to our customers about the new PCIe SSD technology that is sweeping the data center. With SSDs in conventional storage interfaces designed to support mechanical drives, recent developments have been made so SSDs can increase performance for high-speed PCIe bus interface. While the industry is familiar with Fusion-io's PCIe SSDs, Huawei's PCIe SSD accelerator cards have much more of an impressive offering. According to Storage Review Enterprise Lab, "On the top end of the performance scale, this means 3.2 GB/s max read bandwidth and 2.8GB/s write. The cards have a number of additional features such as enhanced error checking, power fail protection and mechanisms to drive enhance endurance over the course of their life." Other features include: 

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Outstanding Performance

  • small size: FH-HL (full-height half-length)
  • large capacity: 600GB-1.6TB
  • High bandwidth
  • High IOPs
  • Low latency

Easy Maintenance

  • Supports online upgrades to meet customized needs
  • Integrated querying & management tool: queries the type/ capacity/ version/ wear/ bad lock information of SSD device
  • Log function: records key events

Industry-leading reliability

  • Supports power-down protection to ensure data integrity
  • Combines embedded ECC engine and RAID5 engine for 2D error detection/ correction mechanism 
  • Adopts the embedded data scrubbing engine to prevent errors in advance

To firmly establish our new partner relationship, both MR2 Solutions and Huawei are holding a lunch & learn event in Orange County on Thursday March 19, 2015 at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Irvine. Please join us for lunch as we connect you to the technology experts that can help you unleash your high-performance computing potential for your virtual network. Take advantage of this opportunity to speak one on one with Huawei representatives as well as MR2 solution specialists that can help you with your business needs. 

>> REGISTER HERE

 

dell-SC4020-400Today, IT departments, both large and small, are looking to get more for less.  In order for organizations to be competitively productive, IT managers not only need to identify the optimal technology that satisfies the technical requirements, but they also need to acquire the most optimized technology that best satisfies the requirements of the application at the lowest cost to the business. Studies from ESG research show that one of the most important criteria when it comes to IT investment are price and total cost of ownership (TCO). As your local IT solutions provider, MR2 Solutions helps companies balance these requirements from a storage perspective by looking at the price of the equipment, examining the efficiencies built into the storage system, and understanding the TCO of the investment. 

Therefore, MR2 Solutions and Dell have partnered up to promote the newest storage solutions technology that provides more performance with less investment. Dell Storage channel introduces its latest version of SC8000, which is the SC4020 storage array with read-intensive SSDs. The Dell Storage SC4020 is designed to provide the enterprise-class features and functionality of the Dell Compellent SC8000 storage system in a more cost-effective package that is optimized for small midsized deployments. The SC4020 comes in a 2U dual controller enclosure with 24 integrated drive slots, 8 Fibre Channel or 4 iSCSI host ports, and 4 SAS disk expansion ports. SC200/220 disk enclosures can be added to scale the system up to 120 drives and are powered by a single quad-core 2.5GHz Intel processor with 32GB of memory. Despite the new specks that make this appliance more efficient, there are other technologies that make this solution more cost-effective: 

 

Automation and Intelligence: 

All Dell systems based on the SC Series (Compellent) technology leverage Data Progression to ensure that data is stored on the optimal storage media with optimal RAID level always. As a result, Data Progression lowers TCO as it maintains performance while lowering the overall cost of storage. Where other vendors simply use high-cost SLC flash media as antoher teir of storage, Data Progression utilizes this teir to ensure the highest performance for incoming writes. After taking advantage of the high write performance of the SLCs, data is automatically progressed onto lower cost, high read performance MLC drives. 

 

Virtualization and Simplified Management: 

The ESG Lab validated that the SC4020 reduces costs with the same virtualzation and efficiency features that are included in the enterprise-level SC8000 storage system. This frees the administrator from traditional physical restraints with traditionall HDD and SSD. The built-in storage virtualization allows data to be stored, scaled, moved , tiered, delivered and replicated in the most optimal and efficient manner possible, while minimizing the cost and management complexity associated with traditional multi-tiered storage environments. All data stored on the array is automatically placed on the storage tecnology and RAID level that allows organizations to deploy less storage to solve IT pains and challenges. 

 

Cost Efficiency Lowers TCO:

This solution utilizes cost-effective hardware in a smaller footprint that helps lower cost of acquisition while minimizing power and cooling costs. The SC Series architecutre enables customers to purchase and deploy less capacity, while the fine-tuned SC4020 licensing model helps to lower licencing costs. All Dell SC Series storage arrays do not need forklift upgrades, and contain perpetual software licenses and full Copilot support, ensuring that today's investment can be leveraged for future growth. Ultimately, TCO is reduced, making it one of CRN's "10 Coolest Flash Storage and SSD Products of 2014."

 

For more details and information, go to our EVENT CALENDAR and register for one of the two scheduled OnDemand Webinar with Dell. Join us to connect with a Dell Storage Technology Specialist and to get exclusive insight on how the product can enhance your IT investment. 

 

 

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