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How Disk Vendors have Evolved

About dozen or so years ago, I was participating in my first storage RFP.   The mid-sized shop where I worked had around a hundred-or-so Wintel servers, about a dozen AIX servers, a few AS400s, and one "Big Iron".   Back then if you were a mid-sized shop or larger, there were only about four "REAL" players in the enterprise disk market.   Oh sure, there were niche players - but the only four we were considering for our storage consolidation efforts were EMC, IBM, Hitachi, and StorageTek.

Cloud means 'no more backups'...not so fast!

The growth of application and storage services being provided from the Cloud has led to an apathy towards data backup discipline. While it is true that more and more consumer and business services are being developed and delivered in this manner, the age-old issue of data protection for business continuity and regulatory compliance still remains.

Customer Spotlight – United Regional

Driven by a passion for healing, United Regional has touched the lives of the people of Wichita Falls area for nearly 100 years.

United Regional, a long time Cima customer, needed to make certain they were getting the most out of their storage and server hardware infrastructure.

As a result, Cima:

Dog Days, Managing Desktops, Laying Down Your Tracks

Here in Dallas, every single day in August, so far, has hit 100 degrees.  The extended forecast for the next 10 days shows no change.  My lawn, despite regular watering, is starting to brown.   The heat is a total beat down.  No escape.   It’s hard to want to do much more than stay inside (avoid), go to Colorado (run away), or hit the pool (relief, albeit relative with water temps over 90degrees 24X7).

I’m not sure if any of those are really solutions to the problem of it being hot.  There may not be a solution to this problem; I live here, I choose to live here, I deal with it.

Want some fries with that VDI?

Cima has been seeing a lot of interest in Desktop Virtualization (we’ll try to clarify terms in a minute) and, as an organization, we’ve taken a strong interest in helping evaluate this toolset for our clients.

As with everything that we do, we look to ground our recommendations and analysis in sound business value.  Desktop Virtualization is interesting because: