DELL PowerEdge Comparison

This chart will go over key differences in the Dell PowerEdge R X40 Product Family. These Dell servers are now only available used, refurbished condition, but still carry a 1 year guarantee against hardware failure.

Dell PowerEdge Servers come in 1, 2, or 3 Rack Unit configurations, and features 1-4 sockets. Sockets are the system’s ability to install processors. When it comes to similarities in the systems, there’s a lot. The RAM ...

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Windows Server 2019 Standard vs Datacenter: What’s the Difference?

If you are setting up a new server environment or upgrading your current server environment, you are probably tasked with choosing between Microsoft Server 2019 Standard and 2019 Data Center.

Which one is the right choice for you?

This post will take a look at the key differences in the 2 variations.

The two editions have identical features, but they differ in the number of virtual of the server software you are allowed to run.

Microsoft Server 2019 Standard Edition was engineered for small ...

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HPE Announces DL360 G9 Servers End of Service Life

October 31, 2023


On or after this date, the HPE DL360 Gen 9 Server will no longer be supported by HPE. It is recommeded to check your HPE support portal for any firmware upgrades that may be pending.


What is the difference between end of service, and end of life?

End of life is only a withdrawal from sales and marketing. The Proliant Gen 9 have been withdrawn from sales (EOL) since 2018. The support typically extends for 5 years past the end ...

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Measuring the Performance of Your Storage System

IOPS vs Throughput vs Latency

There are 3 metrics that play into the performance of your storage system: IOPS (input output per second) Throughput, and latency. How these 3 factors work together synergistically will determine how well your system performs. In this post, we will define all 3 individually, and then look and look at how they work together to create performance or non-performance.


What are IOPS?

IOPS is the standard unit of measurement for the maximum number of reads and writes a ...

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Dell EMC Service Tag Lookup: How to find Warranty & Configuration Info

Every server and storage product sold by Dell has 2 unique identifiers: a serial number and a service tag number.

In most cases, the service tag is located on the front of the server or storage system. It is a small tag that tucks cleanly into the face of the system, and needs to be pulled out to display the service tag, the express service code, the date of manufacture, and a QR code (on more recent models) that will take ...

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EMC Isilon 410 Series END of SERVICE LIFE

DellEMC: End of Service life for the Isilon 410  Series on February 28, 2024.

After this date, DellEMC will no longer render maintenance or service on Isilon 410 models.

It is recommended to check your EMC support portal for any outstanding firmware upgrades as soon as possible!

Products affected:

  • Isilon X410
  • Isilon X210
  • Isilon NL410
  • Isilon S210

What is the difference between end of service, and end of life?

End of life is only a withdrawal from sales and marketing. Isilon X410, NL410, and S210 have been withdrawn from ...

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Building a Small Business Server: How to Configure

Configuring a Small Business Server

So you’ve decided that you need a server for your small business.  Now you need to figure out how to configure the server. There are many important factors to consider when building your server, as there is not a 1 size fits all solution.  When our customers ask us what server configuration they need, our response is usually mixture of the questions below. IT distributors aren’t familiar with your environment, and it is difficult to recommend ...

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PURE STORAGE: Common Commands

Pure Storage systems can be a burden to administrate at times. If you don’t have the commands in a spot where you can easily access them, well, good luck. It can take a while to look up these up.

To help our wonderful PURE support clients, we have compiled a short list of commonly used show commands for PURE Storage systems,  which will mostly display detailed information about your system and its status. If there are any we ...

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DELL EMC Announces VNX Storage End of Service


EMC has announced they will no longer be servicing the VNX Gen 2 storage systems after January 30th 2023. After this date, EMC will no longer provide parts or service for the VNX models listed below.

VNX 1st Gen systems (3150, 5100, 5300, 5700, 7500) were announced end-of-service-life in 2019.


EMC VNX Model  EOSL Date
VNXe1600 1/30/2023
VNX23200 1/30/2023
VNX5200 1/30/2023
VNX5400 1/30/2023
VNX5600 1/30/2023
VNX5800 1/30/2023
VNX7600 1/30/2023


Can you still use your VNX 5000 series storage even though it is End of Service? Absolutely!

It’s a common but ...

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5 Things to Consider: Hitachi Vantara Maintenance


Hitachi Vantara (recently rebranded from Hitachi Data Storage) is an industry leader in data storage solutions. When the factory warranty expires, you are left with 2 options:

  • Pay Hitachi Vantara’s lofty price tag
  • Obtain 3rd party support

Many maintenance organizations will write SLAs on storage systems they know absolutely nothing about. They are gambling that they will be able to find the expertise ...

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