5 Tips for Postponing Unnecessary Hardware Refreshes

5 Tips for Postponing Unnecessary Hardware Refreshes

No business wants to risk falling behind the competition or failing to meet business requirements by relying on outdated hardware. But the reality is that in today’s uncertain economic environment, there are much more critical matters to attend to. Organizations everywhere are limiting capital expenditures, thus placing increased pressure on IT to meet budget concerns while still ensuring performance and …

Back to Basics: What is a Data Center?

Back to Basics: What is a Data Center?

We almost always refer to Riverstone as a third-party support provider. But a supporter of what?? We could probably better elaborate. We’re a supporter of data center services – meaning we take care of everything that goes into keeping an organization’s storage, servers, and networking infrastructure up and running. So then what is a data center? If you don’t already …

SAN vs. NAS: What's the Difference?

SAN vs NAS: What’s the Difference?

SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network-Attached Storage) are two acronyms frequently tossed around the data storage world. But what exactly are they, and more importantly how do they differ? To start, understand that both NAS and SAN were developed to solve the problem of making stored data available to many users at once. But while each of them provides …

Hardware Lifecycle Management – Maximizing Value at Every Stage

Hardware Lifecycle Management – Maximizing Value at Every Stage

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. Every piece of equipment within your data center has an expected lifecycle — a period of time over which infrastructure will function effectively. Throughout this lifecycle components wear down, causing a deterioration in performance at best or complete system failure at worst. Still, there are steps you can take throughout the hardware lifecycle to mitigate this …

Technoloy Refresh vs. Hardware Upgrade — Which is Right for You?

Technology Refresh vs. Hardware Upgrade — Which is Right for You?

Universally, all IT administrators eventually must deal with aging equipment. And at that point in time administrators can either upgrade existing equipment or purchase new systems. Any original equipment manufacturer will tell you that you need to refresh hardware. But as mentioned on this blog many times before, initial product warranty periods have nothing to do with the actual lifespan …

Cost Optimization During COVID-19: 5 Ways CIOs Can Drive IT Savings

Cost Optimization During COVID-19: Five Ways CIOs Can Drive IT Savings

The global pandemic has transformed how people are spending their money. And many industries — transportation, tourism, machinery, entertainment, food, retail, automotive, and oil & gas to name a few — have no choice but to dramatically cut costs. As a result, many enterprises are seeking out opportunities to optimize IT costs not just to conserve capital, but simply survive. …

Tegile Systems: Company Overview, Key Products, & Alternative Support

Tegile Systems: Company Overview, Key Products, & Alternative Support

Tegile Systems or “IntelliFlash”, a DataDirect Networks brand, is a portfolio of intelligent flash arrays that provide high performance flash memory for a variety of enterprise workloads. But as a relatively new competitor within the data center storage landscape, we felt it necessary to provide readers with a brief company breakdown. If you’ve been curious about Tegile Systems, continue reading …

Let's Talk Legacy Hardware: the Good, the Bad, and Maintaining vs. Modernizing

Legacy Hardware: the Good, the Bad, and Maintaining vs. Modernizing

Has your business been struggling under the weight of antiquated IT? If so, you’re in good company. The recent COVID-19 global outbreak and ensuing lockdown revealed outdated and incompatible IT systems within millions of enterprises across banking, insurance, education, healthcare, and government sectors. So why do we spend trillions of dollars to keep old hardware up and running? Turns out, …

On-Premise Data Center vs. Colocation: Pros and Cons

On-Premise Data Center vs. Colocation: Pros and Cons

There’s no denying the noticeable shift over the past few years from traditional data centers to colocation hosting. According to a 2019 report by Gartner, enterprises with older data centers would rather have someone else manage their physical infrastructure than build/expand on their own due to high capital costs. And for many businesses today, colocation permits them to do just …

How To Reduce IT Infrastructure and Operations Costs Within Your Data Center

How to Reduce IT Infrastructure and Operations Costs in the Data Center

I&O leaders everywhere face unprecedented data center challenges as organizations manage revenue loss, remote workforce demands, and supply chain disruptions in the wake of COVID-19. At the same time, data center costs are continually on the rise as technology developments breed new investments and greater expenses. The result? Data center expenses that outweigh current revenue streams, forcing IT departments to …