Leonard-McDowell Open House

Leonard-McDowell Open House

Join Leonard-McDowell & SmartFIle for an evening of drinks, appetizers, and networking on Thursday, August 7th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

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Solving for Virtual Storage

Solving for Virtual Storage

Since first rolling out MongoDB into production in 2010, I’ve architected many different types of virtual storage configurations, from bare metal to private cloud, to public cloud (and back again), SAN-backed, SSD and HDD. Throughout these experiences the whys and hows of scaling “the storage problem” have been central to my technical focus. High iowait is the bane of any database system, and MongoDB is no exception.

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Easy Data Growth Monitoring

Easy Data Growth Monitoring

Today we take the next step in revolutionizing support for storage by launching Active IQ — a system monitoring and reporting tool and key element of our existing Active Support program. We’re excited to offer Active IQ in Beta to all of our customers dealing with the large-scale challenges that accompany building large-scale IT infrastructures, particularly those around system monitoring.

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Storage Cluster Update Paradox

Storage Cluster Update Paradox

If you think about it, any OS, whether its your phone, your DVR, or your infrastructure servers, need to be updated. Maybe its a security vulnerability, maybe its a new feature, or maybe it is just a new UI, but updates are a fact of life in IT. Windows updates, prior to my tenure managing an ESX environment, were the bane of my existence. Another function of coping with those updates is dealing with the likelihood that a reboot/restart/powercycle is required; some type of outage is likely going to be required.

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Hidden Costs of Storage Systems

Hidden Costs of Storage Systems

When replacing an aging storage array, storage vendors all to often focus the conversation around cost per GB and avoid the true cost associated with replacing and migrating storage systems.  At the end of the day, you are forced to look at total cost of ownership and the pain of having to replace an aging array.  Nobody likes to have this conversation because it means many long nights, additional work, and in some cases having to hire contractors to perform work that your organization just doesn’t have time to deal with.

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