Virtualization 101: Understanding the Basics of Virtual Servers

Virtualization is a technology that allows one physical computer to run multiple “virtual” computers. It’s like having multiple computers inside one physical box! This is done using a special program called a hypervisor. Virtualization has become popular because it helps businesses save money and use their computer resources more efficiently. With virtualization, businesses can easily create, delete, and move around these virtual computers as needed, making it easier to adapt to changing needs. Virtualization can also help improve security ...

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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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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 The Proliant Gen 9 have been withdrawn from sales (EOL) since 2018.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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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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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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Dell PowerEdge Servers EOSL (End of Service) 2022 Update

DELLEMC Poweredge End of Service Life

After EOSL date, DellEMC will no longer service the corresponding server.

This list will be updated as more models are announced end-of-service.

SPECTRA offers flexible end-of-service support solutions for your Dell Server that fits all budgets!


MFR Family Model  EOSL DATE
Dell PowerEdge R940 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R840 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R740 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R640 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R540 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R440 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R340 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R240 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R930 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R830 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R730 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R630 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R530 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R430 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R330 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R230 TBD
Dell PowerEdge R920 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R820 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R720 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R620 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R520 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R910 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R810 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R710 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R610 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R510 May 2019
Dell PowerEdge R410 May 2019

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Easy maintenance tasks for your DellEMC Isilon Nodes

Good maintenance practices are a must if you want  maximize your DELLEMC Isilon’s uptime.   There are other benefits to routine maintenance besides the obvious benefit of uptime: it can offer performance advantages.

In this post, we are giving you some simple steps to help maintain the integrity and speed of your EMC Isilon clusters.

4 Basic Maintenance Procedures:

  • Inspect the physical environment.  Monitor temperature, humidity, and power distribution unit (PDU) statistics in the area where your Isilons are ...
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White label vs Back Line Support: What is the Difference?

In this post we will talk about the differences between backline and white label support as it pertains to enterprise-level IT equipment like servers, storage and networking equipment. The two terms are very similar and often used interchangeably, but have some key differences to note as well.

White label support

Selling third party maintenance is an easy and profitable way to provide value to the your customers. When you sell used hardware, it will typically come with 30 or 90 days warranty, ...

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