CDW Data Storage Management and Virtualization Solutions

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For you business owners out there or people in charge of IT at your workplace, for a very limited time CDW is offering their "Red Report" free, which will give you an exclusive insider view of how you can better manage your data, showing you how to Reduce Your IT Data Storage Requirements by 20-40%

From this report you'll learn how to

  • gain faster access to critical info
  • better support their workforce
  • protect organizational data
  • eliminate infrastructure inefficiencies

If you’re a small business owner, or are familiar with IT at all, you understand how important data storage management is. With the hundreds- sometimes thousands of emails, documents and transfers happening daily, you want to make sure your data is not only stored properly, but also properly protected.  Further, that it is stored in such a way as to optimize for speed and stored in the most cost effective way as possible, while also using a system that maximizes efficiency and can scale up as your business and data storage needs grow.

Founded 28 years ago, CDW Corporation out of Vernon Hills, Illinois is one of the world's leading technology products and service providers for schools,  government, and businesses small and large.  CDW offers data storage management and virtualization solutions that can significantly simplify your business' data storage system, as well as provide additional flexibility and standardization, all of which can reduce IT costs.

Some of the technologies CDW can show you how to build such a system around include:

  • Storage Area Networks:  consolidated, block level data storage designed such that the pool of storage devices appear as local drives to the OS.
  • Blade Servers: stripped down, modular servers optimized for energy savings and for optimizing physical storage space, reducing the footprint needed by your machines.
  • Storage Management Software: designed to provide centralized data management, automating many parts of and reducing the complexity of multi-system data storage setups.
  • Archiving Software: software that handles management of data throughout its lifecycle on the various tiers of storage.
  • E-Discovery Software: allowing lightning fast advanced searches of your data.
  • Data De-duplication: identifying and getting rid of data files which are redundantly stored and backed up, resulting in unnecessary IT expenses.
  • Data Storage Virtualization: reducing the complexity of a data management by taking multiple storage systems and unifying them into one single "virtual" data storage system.

Bonus Facts:

  • If you have a computer hard drive that failed, you should try putting it in the freezer inside a plastic bag for about 20 minutes.  After that, immediately put it back into your computer. This may sound ridiculous, but sometimes that will cause it to work long enough for you to copy your data to another drive.  Repeat as necessary until you’ve got all your data off. (Many people often don't believe me when I first tell them this, until they actually try it and see it sometimes works.  If it helps, I have a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science, which means everyone I've ever met is constantly trying to get me to fix their computers.  As such, I have "fixed" numerous hard drives this way over the years, at least long enough to be able to get the needed data off.)
  • The character of Data on Star Trek was quoted as having a memory capacity of 800 quadrillion bits or about 100 petabytes.  For reference, this is about 1/716 the amount of data downloaded on the internet every day.  That might not sound like much in terms of his capacity, but it is currently estimated that all the digital data in the world today only adds up to around 8000 times Data’s storage capacity.  Further, as recently as 2005, all the text data on the internet was thought to only add up to around 1/50th of Data’s capacity.
  • Around 6% of people who own a computer will experience some data loss every year.
  • Around 140,000 hard drives fail per week in the U.S. alone.
  • 31% of all PC users have experienced total loss of their data.

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