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Keeping Tornadoes out of your Server Room

In the midst of spring, the severe weather threats of torrential rain, hail, and more importantly, high winds and tornadoes.  Many companies, especially small organizations should be reviewing their disaster contingency plans. However, many do not have adequate, if any, business continuity plans or have heavily outdated plans that are not reviewed regularly from an IT perspective in the event of a disaster.

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Data Recovery 101 – Is your data ever “truly” gone? Part II

A couple days after writing Part I, I received a call from one of our Interns whose SDHC Camera Card was “unreadable” and her Spring Break vacation photos were gone.

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Cakes in the Cloud

So it’s your sweethearts birthday and being the good partner you are, you are going to bake their favorite cake.  SO you have two options.

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Data Recovery 101

Recently, I had a relative whose laptop died and she was upset about losing all of her data.

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Five 9s

Five 9s, or 99.999%, refers to the desired availability of a given computer system. Having a 99.999% means the system will deliver its service to the user 99.999% of the time it is needed. In total, the only downtime in a given year calculates out to five minutes and fifteen seconds. Five9s is recommended for mission-critical data and e-commerce.

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1996 Flashback

A lot has changed in nearly two decades. In 1996, internet was on the rise, Windows NT 4.0 was released, DVDs were launched in Japan and my cell phone was a Motorola MicroTAC 650.

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Why First National Technology Solutions?

This is always a tough question for me.  I personally think First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) has great products, services and exceptional engineers.  I am also an employee of FNTS so it’s possible my judgment is skewed. I asked one of our current customers the question and here are his responses:

Read More Avoiding a Troubled Launch

As an IT professional who works with many corporations that have mission critical websites that cannot experience outages, I am not alone in wondering what went wrong with the site launch. For the amount of time and money that was invested in launching this site, the types of outages and problems encountered should have been significantly less than what was experienced. Not every implementation, especially one on this large of a scale, is flawless but with proper planning and testing many of the pitfalls could have been avoided. A recent article in CIO magazine highlighted areas necessary to be evaluated for other companies to avoid similar problems.

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Network Virtualization

After many attempts throughout the last 3 decades or so, it finally appears that Client / Server Virtualization is here to stay. Most people in the IT industry have heard of VDI, Virtual Machines, or Cloud Servers. One area of Virtualization Services that does not have quite as wide of an audience is the area of Network Virtualization.

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Be My Valentine

I am a happily married man, yet I am still on the hunt for new partners.  Before you jump to any conclusions, let me clarify. I seek New Business Partners.

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Data Protection: Raid 101

I get the pleasure of working with several refrigerator-sized storage subsystems capable of holding several hundred to thousands of spinning hard drives and solid state devices. These drives combine to store and service Petabytes of data.  One of my main responsibilities is ensuring your data is available even if a few of those drives go bad and fail. I often get asked about data protection, so I thought I’d review one of the tools we utilize within our arsenal – RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks)

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Netflix & Cloud: Nothing to be Afraid of

Netflix, founded in 1997, is championed as the spearhead for “Cloud Computing v1.0.” But with great power comes great responsibility. Since it’s the first of its kind, it hasn’t quite worked out all the kinks. For example, in 2012 four outages occurred. These outages happened at the most inopportune times- like on Christmas Eve when your family has finally gathered around for the traditional yearly viewing of the classic Die Hard.

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Happy Holidays

FNTS would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. May the new year bring you health, happiness, and spectacular success.

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Disaster Recovery or Risk Mitigation?

One of the first questions I get from most prospects is “What does FNTS provide for Disaster Recovery?”  The answer is: a lot.  But let me digress before tackling the answer in detail.

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The Extreme IO Test (Part 2 of Not All Solid States are Equal)

As a follow-on to a previous post “Not all Solid States Are Equal”, we test one purpose-built all-flash array to see if the hype surrounding this technology is truly justified.  There are several purpose built flash arrays hitting the market today – Nimbus Gemini, Whiptal Invicta, Violin 6000, and many more.

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