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  • Don’t Be Duped By De-Duplication…

    DrunkenData.com
    Administrator
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Tomorrow at 2PM EDT, I will be moderating a webinar with Arcserve on the subject of de-duplication technology:  Don’t Be Duped by De-Duplication.  Registration is here. While I acknowledge that a lot of folks are using de-duplication technology, I am still a bit concerned about implementing it universally — across all primary storage — and […]
  • VMworld Sneak Peek: Nothing Secret About It

    Hitachi Data Systems : Blog List - Hu's Place
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    It’s the third week of August, and like past years, we are gearing up for VMworld San Francisco, where we plan to launch new storage and converged solutions aimed at accelerating our customers’ journey to hybrid cloud, while reducing complexity and improving operational efficiency. Below I've provided a snapshot of what we’ll be demonstrating at the big event! VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) solutions for block (VSP G1000) and file (Hitachi NAS Platform) storage – We will showcase the HDS implementation of VVols and policy-based management framework on…
  • Throwing hardware at a software problem

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    Robin Harris
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Maybe software will eat the world, but sometimes the physical world gives software indigestion. That fact was evident at the Flash Memory Summit this month. As mentioned in Flash slaying the latency dragon? several companies were showing remote storage accesses – using NVMe and hopped up networks – in the 1.5 to 2.5µsec range. That’s roughly 500 times better than the ≈1msec averages seen on today’s flash storage. That’s amazing. Really. But will it help? Fusion-io investigated sharing storage – to help amortize the cost of their PCIe cards across…
  • Kaminario Releases K2 v5.5 With $1/GB Price Point

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    Chris Evans
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:55 am
    Last week Kaminario Inc, a start-up vendor of all-flash storage solutions released an upgrade to their K2 platform.  The release, introduces three main new features: 3D TLC NAND, achieving a $1/GB price point (usable). Native data asynchronous replication, based on snapshots. A feature called “Perpetual
  • SiT listed in Entrepreneur’s “8 Business Podcasts Recommended by Experts”

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    admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    We are honored to be listed in Entrepreneur’s “8 Business Podcasts Recommended by Experts”. It does beg the question… did they actually listen to the podcast?
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  • VMworld Sneak Peek: Nothing Secret About It

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    It’s the third week of August, and like past years, we are gearing up for VMworld San Francisco, where we plan to launch new storage and converged solutions aimed at accelerating our customers’ journey to hybrid cloud, while reducing complexity and improving operational efficiency. Below I've provided a snapshot of what we’ll be demonstrating at the big event! VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) solutions for block (VSP G1000) and file (Hitachi NAS Platform) storage – We will showcase the HDS implementation of VVols and policy-based management framework on…
  • Hitachi Data Systems Commitment to Mainframe Storage Systems

    13 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
    In my recent trips to the different geos, I still find many mainframe systems running core applications. Mainframes are still seen as the most reliable systems for non-stop, bulletproof, computing. While new applications are being developed on RISC and x86 systems, many applications, especially in the financial sector, will continue to run on mainframes for the foreseeable future. As some of you may recall, Hitachi Data Systems began in 1989 as a mainframe company, selling Hitachi developed mainframes that were compatible with IBM mainframes. We had an innovative hybrid CMOS technology…
  • FinTechs: Disruptive Innovation In Financial Services

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Every meeting I have had with customers in the financial services sector recently has touched on the impact of FinTechs. FinTech stands for Financial Technology and refers to the software companies that provide financial services. These companies are generally startups, which have sprung up since the banking failures of 2008 and are beginning to disrupt incumbent financial corporations. Recently Forbes reported that investments in FinTech startups have quadrupled, growing from just over $3 billion in 2013 to over $12 billions in 2014. Another trend showed that crowdfunding, a form of FinTech,…
  • Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Live Insight for IT Operations

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The data center has evolved into complex, virtualized, containerized, and distributed systems which span traditional and cloud based implementations. In addition to the data and information that is generated for business purposes, there is a large amount of data that originates in systems, applications, servers, storage, networks, sensors, and meters to monitor and log the health and usage of data center objects. The amount of this data is so massive that most data centers are only able to use a small amount of this data to manage IT operations. With millions of different data points it…
  • Flash Devices Make the Difference in Enterprise Flash Performance

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    While flash arrays are a better fit for the highly random access demands of consolidated infrastructure and high performance analytics than spinning disk, flash technology requires more management in order to realize consistent high performance and durability.  There are clear distinctions between the vendors in how they leverage the advantages of flash (random access and low latency) and compensate for the weaknesses of flash (durability and write magnification).  Flash arrays have two basic components, the flash array controller, and the flash media. Both the controller and the…
 
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  • Throwing hardware at a software problem

    Robin Harris
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Maybe software will eat the world, but sometimes the physical world gives software indigestion. That fact was evident at the Flash Memory Summit this month. As mentioned in Flash slaying the latency dragon? several companies were showing remote storage accesses – using NVMe and hopped up networks – in the 1.5 to 2.5µsec range. That’s roughly 500 times better than the ≈1msec averages seen on today’s flash storage. That’s amazing. Really. But will it help? Fusion-io investigated sharing storage – to help amortize the cost of their PCIe cards across…
  • Flash slaying the latency dragon?

    Robin Harris
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    I’m at the Flash Memory Summit this week. Two observations, one short and one long. Short first. FMS is much larger than last year. Haven’t seen numbers, but the huge exhibit floor looks like a first rank storage show. VMworld has been a top storage show, but now they have competition. Has latency met its match? Can’t talk about the interesting startups in the area, but an HGST technology demo – i.e. no plans for a product – gives a flavor of what’s to come. They hooked up two servers sporting Infiniband and NVMe SSDs running an I/O test and show latencies…
  • Why it’s time to forget about flash

    Robin Harris
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Post sponsored by Infinidat Flash has revolutionized storage, but the industry has lost sight of the customer problem: optimizing storage for availability, performance, footprint, power and cost. Industry analysts aren’t helping. Let’s forget about flash and remember why we’re here Gartner recently defined a Solid State Array segment. That was questioned by Chris Mellor at the Register, and he got a spirited, if unconvincing, defense by Gartner’s Joe Unsworth. The basic issue is simple: are markets defined by technology or application? First principles Markets are the…
  • NVM is off to the races

    Robin Harris
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    With the Intel/micron nonvolatile memory announcement – said to be in production today – the race to produce next generation non-volatile memories has gotten serious. And not a moment too soon! What did they announce? You can read the press release here. Key quote: 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance3 than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory. And it’s…
  • The storage tipping point

    Robin Harris
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Storage is at a tipping point: much of the existing investment in the software stack will be obsolete within two years. This will be the biggest change in storage since the invention of the disk drive by IBM in 1956. This is not to deprecate the other seismic forces of flash, object storage, cloud and the newer workloads that are driving investment in scale-out architectures and no-SQL databases. But the 50 years of I/O stack development – based on disks and, later, RAID – is essentially obsolete today, as will become obvious to all very soon. Why? In a nutshell, the performance…
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  • Don’t Be Duped By De-Duplication…

    Administrator
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Tomorrow at 2PM EDT, I will be moderating a webinar with Arcserve on the subject of de-duplication technology:  Don’t Be Duped by De-Duplication.  Registration is here. While I acknowledge that a lot of folks are using de-duplication technology, I am still a bit concerned about implementing it universally — across all primary storage — and […]
  • Migrating to Windows 10? Back It Up First!

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    17 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you are like me, your office life probably extends into your home, where you not only do some of your office work but also support the computing requirements of your children, spouse and pets.  So, while it is nice to get the occasional freebie from your software vendor – say, a free upgrade to […]
  • C’mon Gartner! Cut It Out Already.

    Administrator
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I wonder a lot these days whether there are any analysts left who are worth my time to read.  That’s my Friday rant for this week, brought on by a article I read on Storage Newsletter abstracting a Gartner report.  Entitled 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and […]
  • A Study in Contrasts

    Administrator
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    I will probably forego VMworld this year.  I know, I know.  A lot of fan boys and hangers on say that this is the event of the year — a place to go, to see and be seen.  A lot of vendors have been contacting me to find out whether I can visit them at the show while I […]
  • Let’s Talk Storage Economics

    Administrator
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
     Do you ever get the feeling — maybe as you sit down to work on your quarterly, semi-annual or yearly budget — that you are flushing your storage budget down the proverbial loo? Truth is that disk drives are not doing the same price-drop-by-50%-per-GB-every-12-months thing that they have done since the mid 1980s.  The flash […]
 
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  • Kaminario Releases K2 v5.5 With $1/GB Price Point

    Chris Evans
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:55 am
    Last week Kaminario Inc, a start-up vendor of all-flash storage solutions released an upgrade to their K2 platform.  The release, introduces three main new features: 3D TLC NAND, achieving a $1/GB price point (usable). Native data asynchronous replication, based on snapshots. A feature called “Perpetual
  • Flash Economics: Choosing The Right SSD

    Chris Evans
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    This post first appeared on the Kaminario Blog – http://kaminario.com/blog/flash-economics-choosing-right-ssd/ At a superficial level, it’s easy to assume that all solid-state disks (SSDs) are the same. In reality, that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. SSDs continue to evolve and are dividing into a broad
  • Avoiding The Forklift Upgrade – Kaminario Guest Post

    Chris Evans
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    I’ve recently started working with Kaminario, an all-flash array startup vendor and will be publishing a series of posts and papers on the Kaminario site.  I’ll also be linking them here for convenience.  The first post covers scale-out architectures as a way to avoid the
  • Nutanix Goes After Private Cloud with XCP

    Chris Evans
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    This week Nutanix held their .NEXT conference in sunny Miami, around plenty of anticipation for what was to be announced.  In the hyper-converged market-place there’s not a lot of love lost between the incumbents like VMware and the upstarts like Nutanix, as can be seen
  • Sponsor News: Week #23

    Chris Evans
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:58 pm
    This week’s sponsor news (week 23) StarWind Software Tap Room Meeting: Shared Storage for Hyper-V: No Hardware. No limits. Now! Date: 4 June, 11 am ET / 4 pm BST Host: Anatoly Vilchinsky, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc. Spoiler alert! At the end of the
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  • SiT listed in Entrepreneur’s “8 Business Podcasts Recommended by Experts”

    admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    We are honored to be listed in Entrepreneur’s “8 Business Podcasts Recommended by Experts”. It does beg the question… did they actually listen to the podcast?
  • SiT #172 – Big Exit

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #172 – Big Exit Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week it’s Ed and Greg talking about big moves for Google, EMC and VMware and a bad move for Nutanix. Our special guest this week is Brad O’Neill, co-founder of TechValidate fresh from being acquired by Survey Monkey just last week to talk about his plans and lessons learned. This week we discuss.. (2:02) Google’s alphabet soup (3:45) Shuffling the EMC…
  • SiT #171 – Thumbed

    admin
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #171 – Thumbed Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, it’s a full boat with Ed, Sarah and Greg talking about EMC decisions, fewer internet TV options and a Canadian hitchhiker. Our special guest this week is Rob Peglar from Micron. This week we discuss… (2:07) Spinning VMware (9:10) Consequences for VMworld (13:52) Matchstick burns down (15:12) Dumping Sling TV (19:11) hitchBOT decapitated, Canada…
  • SiT #170 – Whipped

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #170 – Whipped Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed, Sarah and Greg review how Google’s going cloud native, Cisco shuts down Whiptail and dress codes at HP. Our special guest this week is Matt Brender from Basho to discuss OSCON and developer culture in the enterprise. This week we discuss… (1:00) OSCON recap (4:15) Digging into Open Source with SAP, Citrix and StubHub (11:40) Private cloud smack…
  • SiT #169 – Ludicrous

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #169 – Ludicrous Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is back from Thailand while Sarah is out for tea. Ed and Greg discuss Thailand, OSCON, Kubernetes and OpenStack. Our special guest this week is Fred Nix from EMC. This week we discuss… (1:00) Ed returns from Thailand (4:00) Live from OSCON (4:35) HDS gear for Kubernetes (9:05) Google jumps into OpenStack (15:00) Tesla goes ludicrous (17:40) FLASHBACK:…
 
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  • IDS Celebrates Fifth Year on Inc. 5000 List

    IDS
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    We are excited to announce our inclusion in the 34th annual Inc. 5000 list, honoring the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This year IDS ranked No. 167 in the Chicago market and No. 3912 overall, and marks the fifth time we have been recognized. We credit this recognition and impressive growth to our strategic initiatives and a passion for putting customers first. Matt Massick, IDS CEO, explains that this year has been about tightening processes, expanding solutions and revolutionizing the customer experience. He said, “Our Inc. 5000 placement can be attributed to a…
  • Converged Infrastructure & Why or Why Not VCE?

    Phil Kalaf
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Searching for the term converged infrastructure online yields thousands of results. Thousands of different opinions and approaches, with each vendor telling you why their solution is superior. As a CxO, VP of IT, or Director of Infrastructure, how do you decipher all of this data and pinpoint the best decision for your business? Should you hire a consultant to show you the right path? Should you have the top vendors parade in one by one and provide a proof of concept on their solution? I have my own opinion on the different solutions out there, but what kind of a critical thinker would I be…
  • IT Consultants: Navigating a Changing Technology Landscape

    Patrick Hayes
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    The role of the consultant in the data center infrastructure space is seeing some considerable shifts lately. Five years ago, consultants were still fairly specialized in certain disciplines like server, storage and network. Now, as technology has continued to converge across the compute, storage, network and virtualization platforms, the roles of consultants have become increasingly complex. Converged infrastructure solutions like FlexPod, Vblock, SmartStack, Nutanix, and Simplivity – to name a few – have done a great job of reducing the time to market. They have also overcome the…
  • Data Classification: Creating Business Value

    Humayun Khan
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    As we discussed in my previous article, “Data Retention: In IT We Trust,” data retention is a necessary component of a comprehensive information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. In this article we will turn our attention to data classification. Data classification is the essential step towards ILM. Data classification helps organizations know what data they have, where the data is located and how they can access it (if at all). This becomes increasingly important with the uncontrollable growth in unstructured data that appears to push the infrastructure limits to new heights with…
  • Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 2: Taking a closer look

    David Czech
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote “Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 1: Mapping out the process,” discussing the excitement around getting to test a new product, specifically an All-Flash Array. Getting to open boxes, break out new equipment, install it, and put it through its paces is fun. Unfortunately, the business side of things rears its ugly and less entertaining head, and the temporarily excited IT staff has to put their noses back to the grindstone. Testing is being requested for a reason, and the results of the tests will play an important role in determining not only the product that will…
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  • Getting off the NetApp train at the cDot station

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Every week we receive inquiries from NetApp customers who are not going to upgrade to cDot. They are looking to extend the life span of their 7 Mode Filers until they can find a viable solution to migrate to or they just want to keep their current infrastructure running for the foreseeable future.  Sometimes organizations just need more time to decide what to do, and often there isn’t the staff with the expertise available to handle intricacies of a data migration.The forced migration to cDot has caused NetApp customers to reevaluate what they should do as new technologies become…
  • The Opportunites are Endless

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Over the last couple of months I have been in Australia, New Zealand, and all around the USA meeting with customers and business partners. Keeping connected with our customers is how we stay focused on providing the NetApp and SimplStor products and services that our customers need. A lot of the customers I met over the last couple of months are concerned about migrating to NetApp cDot and are looking at the three alternatives that are available to them; maintaining what they have, upgrading to cDot, or migrating to another storage platform.The first group of NetApp customers that we work…
  • What I would do as NetApp CEO

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:21 am
    The first rule of a successful business is to listen to your customers and give them what they want. NetApp has a great product and a loyal customer base. However, it seems that NetApp has become a self-absorbed company that has forgotten that its mission is to provide products and services that customers want. Instead they are alienating the customer base. This has not proven to be good success strategy. Instead, I would try embracing the customers who are loyal and asking them what they want and need. For example, customers really like 7 mode, so the first thing I would do is allow…
  • Perhaps it is time for NetApp Classic to be released

    20 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
     Many of you remember the highly anticipated/marketed release of New Coke and the subsequent release of Classic Coke after it was determined that many customers really liked regular Coke. There seems to be a similar reaction to the Release of NetApp Cdot 8.3. So maybe it is time to release Classic Ontap?  If you want to see evidence of unhappy customer reactions to a new product, look at the comments on this Blog: https://storagemojo.com/2015/04/13/how-doomed-is-netapp/Every company and person makes mistakes, even the innovative and creative ones.  Long term success requires…
  • Similarities between the DMV and your OEM Support?

    10 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    We have houses in two states.  We therefore have cars in two states.  However, we can only be a resident of one of those states.  This month one or our cars came due for registration renewal, so we turned to the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  So far, so good, right?   Not so fast!  In the state where we are no longer residents, a required document to renew a vehicle registration is that state's drivers' license--which we no longer have!  So we contacted the DMV multiple times to see what could be done.  Answers ranged from "you need to…
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  • Work Folders encryption on Windows

    Jane Yan[MSFT]
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    At Microsoft, we have Work Folders deployed for our internal users. I have worked closely with people from the IT group to investigate issues and learn about management operations which relate to Work Folders. One such operation is to recover data after an encryption key is revoked. Erez Benari from Microsoft IT is the expert on the data recovery topic, and we collaborated on this blog post to give an in-depth look into the Work Folders data encryption on Windows. Client encryption When we were designing Work Folders, one of the goals was to ensure data security, as the devices which have…
  • Data Deduplication in Windows Server Technical Preview 3

    John Loveall
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    With the release of Windows Server Technical Preview 3, it’s time to provide updates on the feature content for Data Deduplication. Rather than only provide the delta from Technical Preview 2 to 3, and make you go back and forth between a couple of blog posts, I’m including the full article intact in this post and just adding the changes for TP3. For those familiar with the Data Deduplication in Windows Server Technical Preview 2 article, you can jump down to the new entry for “Dedup Improvement #4: Support for the Nano Server”, since that is primarily what is new in…
  • Windows Server Container Plugfest

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    Heya folks, Ned here again with a public service announcement from the Microsoft Container and Filter Team and registering for their upcoming free plugfest. Hurry, the registration period ends on August 31st! Here’s the skinny: We are pleased to announce Windows Server Container Plugfest. As you know, we recently announced Container Technologies on Windows Server. In today’s cloud-first world, businesses increasingly rely on applications to fuel innovation and productivity. As the cloud evolves, containers are emerging as an attractive way to efficiently build and deploy these…
  • Microsoft and Intel Storage Spaces Direct showcase at IDF

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Heya folks, Ned here again. The inimitable Claus Jorgenson just posted about the Microsoft and Intel showcase Storage Spaces Direct with NVM Express at IDF ’15. He demonstrates a 16-node hyper-converged system running Windows Server 2016 TP3, with 4.2M read IOPS - all while using only 4 data drives per node. Pretty amazing bang for the buck. It goes on to show Storage QoS as well as mixed read-write performance, and has great info from Dan Lovinger, one of our oldest wisest developers here in the High Availability and Storage group. Get on over there to read more…
  • Demystify Offline Files

    Jane Yan[MSFT]
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Thanks to Hubert Sachs from the German networking team to translate one of his popular blog into English. The blog demystify the core Offline Files concepts. The content below is from Hubert. *************************************************** Hello everyone, From time to time we receive support inquiries about Offline File related problems. The symptoms range from clients which do not come online anymore, which cannot sync, which throw plenty of sync-errors or sync-conflicts up to paths that cannot be reached in SlowLink mode although there should be no offline files active on these paths.
 
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  • Technology Short Take #53

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #53. In this post, I’ve gathered links to posts about networking, virtualization, Docker, containers, Linux, configuration management, and all kinds of other cool stuff. Here’s hoping you find something useful! Networking Anthony Spiteri, who works at an Australian service provider running NSX, has some in-depth articles discussing vShield Edge and NSX Edge (part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4). Anthony discusses features supported by both, how they handle high availability, how VPN services work, and how to handle certificates. It looks like very useful…
  • Spousetivities at VMworld 2015

    14 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s that time of year again—time for VMworld! And along with VMworld comes another highly-anticipated event: Spousetivities! That’s right, Spousetivities is back again this year for another set of outstanding activities organized for spouses traveling with conference attendees. If your spouse is traveling with you to San Francisco for VMworld, this is a great opportunity for him (or her) to meet up with other spouses and attend some exclusive activities. So what’s on tap for Spousetivities this year? Here’s a quick look at some of what’s planned: The week will start out with the…
  • VMworld 2015 Prayer Time

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Last year, a group of believers gathered for a brief time of prayer while at VMworld 2014. This year, I’d like to again offer believers attending VMworld 2015 the same opportunity to gather together for a time of prayer before starting the day. If you’re interested in attending, here are the details. What: A brief time of prayer Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, behind Moscone North (by the waterfall) When: Monday 8/31 through Wednesday 9/2 at 7:45am (this should give everyone enough time to grab breakfast before the keynotes start at 9am) Who: All courteous attendees are welcome, but please…
  • Using Vagrant and Docker Machine Together

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In this post, I’m going to show you a quick tip I used today to combine the power of Vagrant with that of Docker Machine to quickly and easily create Docker-enabled virtual machines (VMs) on your laptop. This could be useful in a variety of scenarios; I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine the best way to leverage this functionality in his or her own environment. In my case, I needed to be able to easily create/destroy/recreate a couple of Docker-enabled VMs for a project on which I’m working. The problem I faced was that the tools I would normally use for such a…
  • Technology Short Take #52

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #52, the latest collection of news, links, and articles from around the web on data center technologies. Networking Want to know a bit more about how OVN (Open Virtual Network) plans to integrate support for containers? See this. You might also find it useful to review this OVN presentation from the recent OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. A video recording of the presentation is also available on YouTube. QualiSystems has a series of articles on open networking standards. A couple of the articles really jumped out at me—part 2 covers Open vSwitch, part 3…
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  • SimpliVity OmniStack 3.0 Illustrates Why Hyper-converged Infrastructures are Experiencing Hyper-Growth

    Jerome M. Wendt
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    As the whole technology world (or at least those intimately involved with the enterprise data center space) takes a breath before diving head first into VMworld next week, a few vendors are jumping the gun and making product announcements in advance of it. One of those is SimpliVity which announced its latest hyper-converged offering, OmniStack 3.0, this past Wednesday. In so doing, it continues to put a spotlight on why hyper-converged infrastructures and the companies delivering them are experiencing hyper-growth even in a time of relative market and technology uncertainty. The post…
  • DCIG 2015-16 Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Chuck Cook
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2015-16 Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that evaluates and ranks more than ninety (90) features of fifty-nine (59) hybrid storage arrays from eighteen (18) different providers. The post DCIG 2015-16 Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Series Lays Foundation for Flash Lift-off

    Jerome M. Wendt
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Almost any hybrid or all-flash storage array will accelerate performance for the applications it hosts. Yet many organizations need a storage array that scales beyond just accelerating the performance of a few hosts. They want a solution that both solves their immediate performance challenges and serves as a launch pad to using flash more broadly in their environment. The post HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Series Lays Foundation for Flash Lift-off appeared first on DCIG.
  • All-HDD Configurations Driving Down Prices and Driving Out SATA in Storage Arrays

    Jerome M. Wendt
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Solid state drives (SSDs) have fundamentally changed the conversation around storage performance essentially supplanting hard disk drives (HDDs) as the storage media of choice for high performance in storage arrays. However HDDs are far from dead as they remain the preferred storage media for organizations to store their data long term by balancing cost and performance very well. It is as HDDs transition to this role that DCIG has observed some interesting trends in terms of how storage arrays are adapting to support HDDs since optimizing them for performance is no longer a prerequisite. The…
  • Expanded Use Cases for Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliances

    Jerome M. Wendt
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Viewing hybrid cloud backup appliances strictly in the context of “backup and recovery” is a mindset that organizations must strive to overcome. While these appliances certainly fulfill this traditional role, new use cases are constantly emerging for these appliances. Hybrid cloud backup appliance have now matured to the point where organizations may use them in multiple roles besides just backup. The post Expanded Use Cases for Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliances appeared first on DCIG.
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  • August Server StorageIO Update Newsletter – NVM and Flash SSD Focus

    Greg Schulz
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    This months feature topic theme is Non Volatile Memory (NVM) which includes technologies such as NAND flash commonly used in Solid State Devices (SSDs) storage today, as well as in USB thumb drive, mobile and hand-held devices among many other uses. NVM spans servers, storage, I/O devices along with mobile and handheld among many other technologies. In addition to NAND flash, other forms of NVM include Non Volatile Random Access Memory (NVRAM), Read Only Memory (ROM) along with some emerging new technologies including the recently announced Intel and Micron 3D XPoint among others.
  • Non Volatile Memory (NVM), NVMe, Flash Memory Summit and SSD updates

    Greg Schulz
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The question is not if NVM is in your future, it is! Instead the questions are what type of NVM including NAND flash among other mediums will be deployed where, using what type of packaging or solutions (drives, cards, systems, appliances, cloud) for what role (as storage, primary memory, persistent cache) along with how much among others.
  • Some August 2015 Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure Cloud Updates

    Greg Schulz
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Cloud Services Providers continue to extend their feature, function and capabilities and the following are two examples. Being a customer of both Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as Microsoft Azure (among others), I receive monthly news updates about service improvements along with new features. Here are a couple of examples involving recent updates from AWS and Azure.
  • Supermicro CSE-M14TQC Use your media bay to add 12 Gbps SAS SSD drives to your server

    Greg Schulz
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Do you have a computer server, workstation or mini-tower PC that needs to have more 2.5" form factor hard disk drive (HDD), solid state device (SSD) or hybrid flash drives added yet no expansion space? Do you also want or need the HDD or SSD drive expansion slots to be hot swappable, 6 Gbps SATA3 along with up to 12 Gbps SAS devices? Do you have an available 5.25" media bay slot (e.g. where you can add an optional CD or DVD drive) or can you remove your existing CD or DVD drive using USB for software loading? Do you need to carry out the above without swapping out your existing server or…
  • Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350

    Greg Schulz
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The symptoms are that you see ESXi start its boot process, loading drivers and modules (e.g. black screen), then you see the Yellow boot screen with Timer and Scheduler initialized, and at the “Initializing ACPI” point, ka boom, either a boot loop starts (e.g. the above processes repeats after system boots).
 
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    Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat » » Enterprise storage

  • Diablo Memory 1 Takes Memory Channel Flash To The Next Level

    Stephen
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve written about Diablo Technologies in the past, and they’re been part of Tech Field Day and my other events. The company’s products have always blurred the line between storage and memory, placing flash chips on memory modules and leveraging the fast, low-latency memory channel rather than the PCI or SATA/SAS bus. Memory 1 does one better, delivering a true flash DIMM that works in virtually any server. As shown in this slide from Diablo, Memory 1 is cheaper than DRAM while also delivering previously-unachievable memory capacity Memory Channel Storage and Memory…
  • Waves of Storage Innovation

    Stephen
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Before you read this, check out Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was for a bit of background… For the past few decades, some of the best minds in computer science have been drawn to the question of storage. How can data be better protected, shared, and exploited? Given the price and performance profiles of various storage devices, how can we maximize benefit for a given application? What can we do to transcend inertia and make data available everywhere at once? Innovation comes in waves, undermining the status quo These fundamental questions have been tackled by a continuing stream…
  • Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was

    Stephen
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    “You may ask yourself/well how did I get here?” Data storage has always been one of the most conservative areas of enterprise IT. There is little tolerance for risk, and rightly so: Storage is persistent, long-lived, and must be absolutely reliable. Lose a server or network switch and there is the potential for service disruption or transient data corruption, but lose a storage array (and thus the data on it) and there can be serious business consequences. Perhaps the only area more conservative than storage is data protection (backup and archiving) and for much the same reasons.
  • EMC and Cisco: “Our Love Will Endure Forever”

    Stephen
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    No two companies in history have as lasting and productive a partnership as EMC and Cisco. And that love will go on forever, no matter what you may have heard. In this special April 1 post, I’ll examine all the ways these two were meant for each other. Ever since Cisco launched their UCS line of servers and EMC bought VMware, clueless tech pundits have proclaimed that the love between these two IT giants was doomed. After all, with so much expansion and acquisition, how could they avoid competing? But that’s not going to happen. As EMC CEO Joe Touchy tells me, referring to Cisco…
  • Qumulo Launches To Manage Data At Scale

    Stephen
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “We’re getting the band back together!” That’s how the pitch must have gone for the founding team at Qumulo, who also happened to create Isilon, now a major product at EMC. But what do you do after creating the most successful scale-out storage platform in history? Add in some advanced data management services and make it a software-only platform! What’s Qumulo? CEO Peter Godman is joined by fellow Isilon alums, Aaron Passey (Chief Architect at Isilon and now Qumulo CTO), Neal Fachan (Distinguished Engineer at Isilon and Amazon AWS veteran, now VP of…
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    Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat » » Virtual Storage

  • Diablo Memory 1 Takes Memory Channel Flash To The Next Level

    Stephen
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve written about Diablo Technologies in the past, and they’re been part of Tech Field Day and my other events. The company’s products have always blurred the line between storage and memory, placing flash chips on memory modules and leveraging the fast, low-latency memory channel rather than the PCI or SATA/SAS bus. Memory 1 does one better, delivering a true flash DIMM that works in virtually any server. As shown in this slide from Diablo, Memory 1 is cheaper than DRAM while also delivering previously-unachievable memory capacity Memory Channel Storage and Memory…
  • Adding a Second Ethernet Port to an Intel NUC via Mini PCIe

    Stephen
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    As I mentioned in my previous post about Raspberry Pi power monitoring, I recently built a VMware vSphere “datacenter” from three Intel NUC mini PC’s. One limit of the NUC is that it has just one Ethernet port. But there’s a Mini PCIe slot inside the fourth-generation NUC that can be used to add a second Ethernet NIC! Here’s my story. That’s a Syba Mini PCIe Gigabit Ethernet NIC inside a fourth-generation Intel NUC! A Bit About the Intel NUC Hardware Intel’s NUC (“Next Unit of Computing”) hardware is a mini PC roughly the size of a…
  • Automated UPS Monitoring for vSphere with NUT and Raspberry Pi (Cheap!)

    Stephen
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    As many folks following me on Twitter have noted, I’ve been building quite a nice vSphere “datacenter” lately. Part of this build was integrating UPS monitoring and automatic shutdown, and I’m pleased with the result. I’m using a Raspberry Pi connected to two UPSes via USB as a NUT server and have installed a native ESX version of upsmon to monitor and react as UPS events happen. Best of all, the whole install cost less than $50! The Raspberry Pi is an awesome UPS monitor with the open source Network UPS Tools package My Mini Datacenter My mini datacenter is…
  • Musing: Could We Replace Ethernet With PCIe?

    Stephen
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    Greg “EtherealMind” Ferro recently “mused” that it might be a good idea to replace PCI Express (PCIe) inside servers or rack-scale infrastructure with Ethernet. But this seems to be the exact opposite of the direction the industry is headed. Rather than replacing PCIe with Ethernet, companies like Intel seem set on replacing short-range Ethernet (in rack-scale systems) with PCIe! PCIe vs. Ethernet Greg points out (rightly) that electrical signals copper traces on motherboards are currently limited to 15.75 Gbps in PCIe 4.0. With 16 lanes, this brings us to 252 Gbps…
  • vSphere 6: NFS 4.1 Finally Has a Use?

    Stephen
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Way back in the 1990’s, UNIX admins delighted in upgrading from NFSv2 to NFSv3. Then NFSv4 came around and … crickets. Now VMware has become the first major/useful/mainstream application for NFSv4.1, so the floodgates are open! But are they? A Little History A long, long time ago, when Sun was the dominant server company and x86 was still a desktop CPU, computers needed to share files with each other over the network. Sun, being the dominant server company, created a networked file system called, surprisingly, Network File System or NFS for short. Like most things, it took a…
 
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    Storage

  • Flash Memory Summit, Non Volatile Memory (NVM), NVMe and SSD updates

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The question is not if NVM is in your future, it is! Instead the questions are what type of NVM including NAND flash among other mediums will be deployed where, using what type of packaging or solutions (drives, cards, systems, appliances, cloud) for what role (as storage, primary memory, persistent cache) along with how much among others.
  • Supermicro CSE-M14TQC Use your media bay to add 12 Gbps SAS SSD drives to your server

    14 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    Do you have a computer server, workstation or mini-tower PC that needs to have more 2.5" form factor hard disk drive (HDD), solid state device (SSD) or hybrid flash drives added yet no expansion space?
  • Intel and Micron unveil new 3D XPoint Non Volatile Memory (NVM) for servers and storage

    7 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
    This is the first of a three-part series on the recent Intel and Micron 3D XPoint server storage memory announcement. In a webcast the other day, Intel and Micron announced new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory (NVM) that can be used for both primary main memory (e.g. what’s in computers, serves, laptops, tablets and many other things) in place of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), for persistent storage faster than today’s NAND flash-based solid state devices (SSD), not to mention future hybrid usage scenarios. Note that this announcement while having the common term 3D in it is different…
  • Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350

    7 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Do you have a Lenovo TD350 or for that many other servers that when trying to load or run VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 u2 (or other versions) and run into the boot loop at the “Initializing ACPI” point?
  • February 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter Data Infrastructure Insights

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    2013 wrapped up with a flurry of industry activity including some acquisitions (Avago buying LSI and Seagate acquiring Xyratex among others). Likewise 2014 so far is continuing the momentum living up to the mantra that while there may be economic challenges, there is no such thing as a data or information recession.
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  • Send Documents On The Go with the New Android Phone App

    14 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Capture, Tag and Upload, there's never been an easier way to get documents in to your LedgerDocs account. With the phone app users can now quickly send multiple documents such as receipts to their accountant or bookkeeper on the go.
  • 8 Accounting and Bookkeeping Events not to Miss in 2015

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    There are many accounting and bookkeeping events in a calendar year. As an informative blog post for our Canadian and US customers we decided to shortlist 8 events not to be missed in 2015. If you are attending any of these events keep a look out for the LedgerDocs team. We hope to announce our event schedule soon.
  • Working With Your QuickBooks Online and LedgerDocs Account

    12 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    QuickBooks Online offers a wide variety of features and functionality that helps to make the bookkeeping process as simple as possible for businesses and their bookkeepers. The added functionality offered by LedgerDocs supercharges this process, and helps to create an efficient and streamlined accounting system.
  • LedgerDocs Case Study: A Freelance Graphic & Web Designer

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    A freelance graphic designer and production artist with over 10+ years of advertising experience, Derek Dudzinski decided to build his own business in 2001 and dive into the world of entrepreneurship. With a wide range of experience, Derek offers his clients a variety of services including website development, e-marketing campaigns, and a variety of graphic design projects.
  • How LedgerDocs is Making Tax Season Simple

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    The months of January through April are often known as the busiest months for bookkeepers and accountants and consists of hours on end of preparing and auditing their client’s annual financial statements while also focusing their attention on personal tax returns.
 
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    Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips

  • Tips For Moving In With the Woman of Your Dreams

    Selena Templeton
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Since Tips For Moving in with the Man of Your Dreams was so popular, we’ve been asked to provide a similar guide for the gents. So in this post we are going to attempt to open up men’s eyes to the reality of living with their girlfriends. Put your safety goggles on, because this could ... The post Tips For Moving In With the Woman of Your Dreams appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • How to Breathe New Life into Dumpster Diving Finds

    June Brockmeyer
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’ve seen those TV shows where people flip or upcycle (restore, beautify and sell) things they find at garage sales, thrift shops, flea markets or even the dumpster. They end up creating amazing items and making a buck. But how can we get in on the action? Well, we have some dumpster diving tips you ... The post How to Breathe New Life into Dumpster Diving Finds appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • 5 Reasons to Rent Before You Buy in a New City

    Kathleen Krueger
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Are you uprooting your life and moving to a new city? Whether a new job has prompted the move or something else has compelled you to change your location, one of the first decisions you need to make is where to live. Even though you may be a long time homeowner, there are benefits to ... The post 5 Reasons to Rent Before You Buy in a New City appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • Tips for Moving out of an Apartment

    June Brockmeyer
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    When you’re moving out of an apartment, it’s important to be efficient to make things easier on yourself. But, you should also consider doing some additional things so you can get the most out of the move and leave in great terms. Blake Connoy, co-founder and Managing Director of Helpling, gives us his top tips ... The post Tips for Moving out of an Apartment appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • Creating a Fabulous Playroom on a Budget

    June Brockmeyer
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    When decorating your home, it’s important to stay trendy but not break the bank. This especially applies for spaces around your home that are for the children. Playrooms are convenient because you can store toys and other things your children may use on a regular basis, without cluttering your family room or entire home. We ... The post Creating a Fabulous Playroom on a Budget appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
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    Desert Storage Blog

  • Desert Storage Supports Community with Local First Arizona

    Desert Storage
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    As an independently owned company in Phoenix for over 25 years, the team at Desert Storage understands the importance of supporting our local economy. Last month, Desert Storage decided to take that commitment once step further—by partnering with Local First Arizona (LFA). LFA is a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. This partnership is important because LFA is doing great things in the local community and the state of Arizona. They’re banding…
  • Declutter your Home with the KonMari Method in 4 Simple Steps

    Desert Storage
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    You know the drill. Tidy up your mess, get rid of what you don’t want, and three months later your closet is chaotic and confusing all over again. Marie “KonMari” Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, says there is a better way. She calls it the KonMari Method, and its genius is literally (and figuratively) sweeping the nation by showing people her approach to decluttering your space. She even says this simple method will change your life forever. So – how does the KonMari Method work? There are two rules that make…
  • 7 Mistakes Self-Storage Renters Make

    Desert Storage
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    It doesn’t matter if you’re new to self storage or have had experience in the past. Everyone makes mistakes. The problem is when it comes to your possessions, even a small mishap can often turn into costly mistake. Before you choose the right storage option for you, check out the top seven mistakes storage renters we list below. You’ll find out how to avoid most hiccups by learning what steps you should take instead. 1. Miscalculating space and time The most common mistake we see is underestimating the size of storage unit you need. If you’re not sure how much space you require, make…
  • 3 Steps to Sell Your Home for More

    Desert Storage
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Selling your home is no easy process. Not only do you have to put a value on something so priceless, you also have to convince other people that it’s worth the full asking price. While there is no magic bullet for selling a home at a higher price or a faster amount of time, there are steps you can take to encourage both. Before you open your home to the public, consider doing these 3 steps first: 1. Declutter and Depersonalize your Space You may not mind your clutter and personal touches, but it could be the first thing that drives potential buyers away. That’s because buyers have a hard…
  • How to Store Household Appliances for Self Storage

    Desert Storage
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Incorrectly storing your household appliances can cause some serious damage. Especially if you’re storing possessions in extreme heat or humidity. The good news is you can easily prepare most appliances for storage yourself. There are only a few occasions where you will need to hire a professional for help. Before you store any of your appliances, use the guide below to guarantee they’re safely packed away and will be ready for future use. Storing a Fridge Remove all food from the fridge. Then, unplug the fridge to let it defrost. This could take up to 48 hours, so make sure you’re…
 
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    Moves 4 You Removals Bournemouth Removals | Man and Van

  • Five Important Tips For Removal Quotes

    manvanmove
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Moving home can be an overwhelming time, so it’s important to avoid any last minute surprises with the cost of your removal service. Moves 4 You Removals have listed five essential tips to help you understand your removal quotes and make sure the quotes you receive are accurate.   When you reach the removals part of your house move, ensuring that the price you pay for your removal does not come as a surprise at the end of your moving day will help reduce the stress of what can be a long and demanding process. It is important to discuss your needs with your chosen removal company to…
  • What To Do With Your Boxes After Moving House

    manvanmove
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    Moves 4 You Removals gives home movers useful advice on how to get rid of the mass of moving boxes accumulated after moving house   Moving and unpacking your worldly possessions into your new home is the hard part, getting rid of all of those empty moving boxes when you are finished should be relatively straightforward. However, for some people such as first time buyers it may be hard to know just what to do with all of these storage containers you’ve accumulated. Here is a list of suggestions to help you put your well-used moving boxes to good use: Free-cycle This global network of…
  • Finding The Best Schools For Your Children When Moving

    manvanmove
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Moving house can be a stressful experience, especially for your children. Having the tools to research schools near your new home before you move can help make the process easier for everyone. School is much more than a place of academic learning for your children. It’s where they practice social interaction, make friends and learn how to deal with people who are different from themselves, where they develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world, and where they discover and develop their talents. School also has a key role in teaching right from wrong and in forming your child’s…
  • Renting VS Buying – Which Is Cheaper?

    manvanmove
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
      Thinking about your first home is very exciting. But there are lots of questions you have to ask yourself. “Where should we live?” “How far can we afford to commute?” and most importantly “Do we rent, or should we buy – what can we afford?” We’re here to help you answer that last question. Most of us are so keen to buy our own house, but is it right for you? We’ll compare the costs and show you the advantages of each to help you make the right decision.   First home affordability Sometimes, the amount you’ve saved and your personal circumstances will…
  • Storage Guide

    manvanmove
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    Planning your storage requirements in advance is very important. What type of storage do you require and how much space will you need? Think about how much furniture you have and how many boxes and containers you may need to pack all of your items. You will also need to decide if you will require access to your storage or not. Planning ahead There are several things you need to consider before you choose a storage company. These include: Working out how much storage you will need, and for how long Arranging the date you need the facility from (it’s best to organise everything as far in…
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