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7 Misconceptions about Software Defined Storage

Posted by Silverstring on May 22, 2015 11:29:00 AM

Topics: IBM Systems, SDS, Software Defined Storage

After a recent vist to Prague IBM Technical University, Tony Pitt, Support Engineer provided us with an overview of one the presentations he found most interesting.   The top 7 misconceptions surrounding Software Defined Storage and the truth behind them. So with no further ado.

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IBM Systems Technical University – Prague 2015

Posted by Dave White on May 11, 2015 8:53:00 AM

Topics: Events, IBM, Technical University

This post is by Dave White - Senior Storage Engineer

This year Silverstring sent 4 people to join around 550 IBMers/Business Partners and customers from around the world at the IBM Technical University, from the 20th to 24th of April, in the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic. 

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Software Defined Storage And Backup - The True User Link Between Silverstring And IBM?

Posted by Richard Bates on May 1, 2015 5:40:00 AM

Topics: Storage Management, Backups, Storage Software

This post is by Thomas Cowley – Silverstring New Business Development Executive

Last week was a great day to hear about the latest developments and strategy for IBM’s new Spectrum Storage brand. For a select group of Silverstring guests, the information alone made the day fantastic, but the location made it all that more impressive – London’s Pont de la Tour restaurant.

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50 Shades Of Storage - Part Two

Posted by Richard Bates on Apr 20, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Topics: News

This post is by Anton James - Silverstring System Engineer by day, Storage Storyteller by night. You can read the first part in this series here.

At 10am on Friday, I was awoken by a call from my boss. Something had broken again and this time, it had broken hard. “Multiple system failures! Please help!”

I dragged myself into work, deprived of sleep and wanting to scream. The servers I had just spent hours repairing were now clinging to life. Again. I interrogated my infrastructure looking for another culprit. Nothing.

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The Marshmallow Test - What Do MSPs Need To Know?

Posted by Richard Bates on Apr 1, 2015 7:58:00 AM

Topics: MSPs

This post is by Alistair Mackenzie - Silverstring CEO

IT resellers the world over are hooked on doing short term deals. They suffer from hockey stick quarters and are running harder each year to stand still - right?

Instant enjoyment or delayed happiness

50 years ago there was a series of experiments carried out by Stanford researcher Walter Mischel. The experiment essentially consisted of a group of five year olds being offered one marshmallow there and then, or two if they exerted self-control and waited for 20 minutes.

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50 Shades Of Storage

Posted by Richard Bates on Mar 20, 2015 5:37:00 AM

Topics: News

This post is by Anton James - Silverstring System Engineer by day, Storage Storyteller by night.

"It was no good. No matter how many times I tapped it, there was no magic left this time"

48 hours earlier

It was a cold Thursday evening in December. I was just settling down for the night, ready to enjoy my much overdue sleep. Little did I know that what had already felt like a long week was about to be made worse. A lot worse.

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From Node Replication To IBM Spectrum Storage, Our Top Five Posts In 2015 So Far

Posted by Richard Bates on Mar 6, 2015 6:56:00 AM

Topics: Uncategorised, News

At Predatar, we're big fans of not just storing and protecting data, but analysing it. The more an organisation can analyse the data they're processing, the more they can take from it and therefore the more it can impact on their business.

When it comes to our Predatar blog, we like to investigate our visitor activity regularly, looking at everything from which posts are seeing the longest visit durations through to which are seeing the most activity on social media.

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Predatar Provides Premium Data Policy At Major Insurance Brokerage

Posted by Richard Bates on Feb 27, 2015 4:37:00 AM

Topics: Silverstring

Each and every day, enterprises produce huge volumes of data that they rely on to help them meet their customers’ needs and requirements. Akin to an engine room, the IT storage infrastructure and backup environment behind the scenes needs continuous attention to ensure each and every piece of data is protected.

As a result, this guarantees data is quickly and easily accessible to all users whenever needed – and, importantly, reduces the cost related to any downtime should a system outage occur.

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IBM Announce Spectrum Storage - So What Should You Expect?

Posted by Richard Bates on Feb 20, 2015 4:29:00 AM

Topics: Data Storage

This week, IBM announced its new storage software portfolio, along with a promise to invest another $1 billion in R&D. As part of a broader shift to Cloud, they are attempting to apply analytics to dumb storage so that data is stored on the most economical and secure locations.

Sure, it’s easy to pour scorn on yet another $1 billion investment, but the fruits of its last $1 billion storage investment was also seen this week in its latest Flash storage product – the V9000 - was unveiled.

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Tivoli Storage Manager + SoftLayer = Next Generation Data Protection

Posted by Richard Bates on Feb 13, 2015 4:30:00 AM

Topics: Uncategorised

We’re delighted to announce that UK Predatar reseller Silverstring has developed a data protection solution, combining the best of IBM’s flagship storage software, Tivoli Storage Manager, and SoftLayer, IBM’s hyper growth Cloud company.

Developed based on clear audience requirements, the solution delivers enterprise class data protection by utilising a network of IBM datacenters in Europe, specifically designed with smaller enterprises in mind.

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