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EMC’s XtremIO all-flash storage array

Last year EMC announced its new product line XtremIO all flash array as a result of a startup acquisition. Flash arrays are becoming widely popular and are usually considered the best option for workloads with high IO and where performance is critical, such as databases and VDI. Arrays based on solid-state storage are not new. Most vendors have a product offering of arrays based on solid-state drives. However products like EMC’s purpose-built XtremIO all-flash array can provide the real technology performance edge compared to arrays with a combination of spindles and flash. EMC has cr...

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Dark Data

What is dark data? Gartner defines dark data “as the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes (for example, analytics, business relationships and direct monetizing). Similar to dark matter in physics, dark data often comprises most organizations’ universe of information assets. Thus, organizations often retain dark data for compliance purposes only. Storing and securing data typically incurs more expense (and sometimes greater risk) than value.” The outlook of this defi...

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AGILE!!!!

So what is agile? That seems to depend on your perspective! For CIO’s generally it seems to be about making sure IT can respond to the business (not that they have not been trying to do this before) and how to become an efficient service driven organisation. For the architecture community it is about trying to do even more with less, a new urgency on transforming business and application silos, modularisation and compatibility across people, process and technology and a focus on business understanding. For development and testing it is about new or enhanced ways of delivering, deve...

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Diaxion’s Rules of Engagement

It’s been proven time and time again that in order to successfully deliver a project there must be a clear and defined engagement process which is followed throughout the lifecycle of the project. The engagement process must be communicated to all stakeholders involved in the project, with roles and responsibilities clearly defined thus to enable complete ownership of deliverables. There is a multitude of ways to approach delivering a project from inception through to final completion, however following the below 8 rules will ensure success each and every time: Maintaining ...

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Clouds, Big Data, Dark Data and the next big thing

In a recent blog post we wrote about Gartner’s definition of “dark data”. The definition includes that dark data is generally unused, often kept for compliance reasons and ultimately costs more in keeping than it is worth. A typical example mentioned is the sprawl of PST files in corporate environments and on people’s laptops. I can confirm from own experience that even in corporations that discouraged (or I could say prohibited) the use of PST files for email archival, this did not stop people from creating them – as it is just more convenient to have your old emails accessible a...

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Redefine EMC Forum – a review

This year’s EMC Forum was under the banner of “Redefine” with four separate streams of - Redefine Cloud - Redefine Storage - Redefine Applications - Redefine Business On a personal note it probably was not the best situation that I had returned from a France holiday barely 36 hours earlier; however even if fully alert I think I would have judged this year’s EMC Forum to be one of the weaker ones. For me the main problem was that EMC really did not have anything new to present. ViPR – EMC’s software defined storage solution – i...

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IT Strategy & Optimisation – Diaxion specialise in IT strategies

IT Strategy & Optimisation Diaxion specialise in IT strategies to address individual business goals and to then integrate them with an IT solution that is optimised to achieve those goals. IT performance is becoming increasingly critical across all aspects of business. One of the clear challenges facing IT Executives is ensuring their IT systems are aligned to their business strategies and vision, whilst taking advantage of relevant and available technologies to ensure competitive advantage. Additional to this is their management imperative to ensure IT performance and costs are compl...

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vForum 2014 in Sydney

The vForum recently took place at Luna Park in Sydney. While it can be said that the venue was appropriate considering this was the vForum’s 10th anniversary, it will be great when Sydney finally will have a proper convention centre again. Especially for the vendors outside the 2 days were interesting – with a thunderstorm passing through on Wed, 05/11; however general feedback was that they at least had space as opposed to those exhibiting in the Solutions Exchange area. The three big VMware topics were: - SDDC = software-defined data centre - Hybrid Cloud - ...

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Careers skilled and expert staff

As a national and growing company we have constant requirements for skilled and expert staff. If you are excited by the challenge of IT and seek to be part of a broad, agile and pro-active team then contact us. You might not fit into a box but do you fit the Diaxion brand pyramid? We actively seek the kind of people we like to call ‘Diaxion people’. In addition to being an outstanding IT thinker and expert in your area of capability you’ll also need to meet a number of key criteria to become part of the team. Why? Well we believe life’s too short for us to work with people who...

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Whats New in Data Domain 5.3?

Clearing the decks for the big product announcements at EMC World this month, EMC quietly slipped out a few major software updates that they didn’t feel were blockbuster enough for the Las Vegas stage. The most interesting of these is the new release of DDOS, version 5.3. It brings much needed improvements to capacity, speed & functionality. Capacity has been increased to 100PB for a DD990, thanks to new 3TB drives for the ES30 shelves, additionally enhanced DDBoost functionality means more data can be stored. DDBoost now supports writing over FC for environments with large FC deployments...

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