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 …

Nexsan Third Party Maintenance and Support

Nexsan Third Party Maintenance and Support

For over 20 years, Nexsan has built a reputation for producing highly reliable, cost-effective storage solutions designed to serve specific use cases and business demands. What’s not been so cost-effective? Their support. Fortunately, that ends now. Coming in 2021, Riverstone Technology will be offering comprehensive third party maintenance and support for Nexsan storage equipment starting with BEAST, E-Series, and NST …

Top 10 Enterprise SAN Products and Vendors

Top 10 Enterprise Storage Area Network Products and Vendors

Selecting the best data storage system for your organizational needs not only requires very careful planning, but also thorough comparison-shopping considering SANs do not come cheap. IT decision-makers must consider a wide range of factors, from cost, scalability, reliability, and performance to availability, management, simplicity, and data protection. To help narrow down your search, here are ten premium SAN products …

Pure Storage Hardware Support

Pure Storage Hardware Support

Pure Storage develops flash-based storage for data centers using consumer-grade solid state drives. Their solutions are known for being always-on, always fast, and always secure. It’s why Pure Storage was recently positioned by Gartner as a Leader in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage Arrays. But affordable maintenance for Pure Storage arrays has been severely lacking in the industry. …

Choosing Between On-Prem, Cloud, and Consumption-Based Storage

Choosing Between On-Prem, Cloud, and Consumption-Based Storage

Within the next few years, organizations should expect to see significant changes in the way we consume IT and store data. That’s because many companies are finding there are more efficient, flexible, and cost-effective options for data storage than what’s currently being used. But which model, or combination of models, is the best option for your business? And more importantly …

4 Advantages of NetApp Third Party Maintenance

4 Advantages of NetApp Third Party Maintenance

NetApp has been a strong competitor in the data storage hardware industry since 2009. Ten years later, Gartner has named NetApp as “#1 in Primary Storage” and the company is consistently ranked within the top ten data storage companies by revenue. Such accolades have cemented NetApp as a powerful and reliable provider for data storage devices. This begs the obvious …

Hybrid Maintenance Plans: How to Add Value to Your Legacy Systems

Hybrid Maintenance Plans: How to Add Value to Your Legacy Systems

A legacy system is any outdated hardware or software that is still in use despite much newer models being available. A legacy system can still meet operational requirements, but it doesn’t allow for growth and definitely isn’t able to interact with newer systems. With economic conditions as poor as they are right now, there’s no room in IT budgets to …

3 Concerns Surrounding NetApp Third Party Maintenance

3 Concerns Surrounding NetApp Third Party Maintenance

NetApp third party maintenance (TPM) is becoming increasingly popular as companies around the world enjoy the benefits of such top-of-the-line equipment partnered by more responsive support. Still, choosing a third party provider over the manufacturer isn’t a decision all IT directors are entirely comfortable with. Unfortunately, many of the concerns potential clients have about TPM offerings are really just misconceptions …

Data Domain Third Party Maintenance vs. Data Domain Maintenance

Data Domain Third Party Maintenance vs. Data Domain Maintenance

Back in their heyday, Data Domain specialized in target-based deduplication solutions for disk-based backup. Acquired by EMC in 2009, the Data Domain product line has been Dell EMC’s flagship platform for backup, archive, and disaster recovery ever since. But as Dell EMC continues to bring attractive new additions to the product line, many IT managers seek affordable ways to hold …

Riverstone Provides IBM Third Party Storage and Server Support

Riverstone Provides IBM Third Party Storage and Server Support

As IBM continues to prioritize research, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence, IT infrastructure support is regularly dismissed for their more innovative initiatives. But IBM isn’t your only resource for storage and server support. Third party support providers are non-OEM companies that can not only maintain your essential IBM products, they specialize in it! These third party support providers offer an array …