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Shimmer Non-Dairy Floor Wax

Shimmer Non-Dairy Floor Wax

Guest blog by Gregg Shupe… The legendary Dan Akroyd/Gilda Radner Saturday Night Live skit for Shimmer Non-Dairy Floor Wax promoted a product that was simultaneously a workhorse floor wax AND a delectable dessert topping. Like the multipurpose Shimmer product, today’s medium-sized business customers need a way to get the biggest bang for their buck with their IT investment. “How do I spend the least amount of money to perform tasks like PC/server backup AND deliver highly visible, state-of-the-art application capabilities, such as server virtualization and video surveillance?” It’s a Floor Wax Backup is the IT equivalent of cleaning the floor. No one likes to do it, but if you don’t, eventually someone gets hurt — slip and fall/data loss. LenovoEMC storage is integrated with capabilities from Acronis to protect data from PCs, NAS devices and even servers, and to move the data offsite — to back up the backup.   It’s a Dessert Topping Appealing to the technologist’s sweet tooth, LenovoEMC offers leading-edge virtualization capability sized and priced for mid-market users. The LenovoEMC px12-400r and px12-450r support LenovoEMC’s Integrated...

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Intuitive, efficient and effective Smart Grid technology

Intuitive, efficient and effective Smart Grid technology

GUEST BLOG BY Nancy Reaves... Reducing power cost is always a priority. How do we do it at home? When we are not using a room, we make sure to turn off the lights. We install programmable thermostats that reduce the heat and air conditioning when we leave the house and increase it just before we return. Power is a significant part of the overall cost of managing a data center. Lenovo ThinkServer Smart Grid helps you to do the same thing that you do at home with your servers. You can lower operational expenses by effectively monitoring and managing power. Smart Grid is SMART because it monitors exactly how much power you are using in real-time. You can examine power use at the individual server, rack of servers, row of racks, or group of server/rack level. Smart Grid is SMART because it helps you to plan power usage through the use of power capping. By establishing a policy, you can cap power usage for a set of servers, at a certain time, to a specific level. This can help you to protect your critical applications when the server load increases. Smart Grid is SMART because it allows you to monitor server utilization. In the case where your servers are underutilized, you can take advantage of that “unused” power and increase server density. Smart Grid is SMART because it gives you the information needed to intelligently design and build out your data center. It’s just like the individual consumer who has to manage the household...

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LenovoEMC px4-400r

LenovoEMC px4-400r

GUEST BLOG BY Gregg Shupe… On January 7, Lenovo announced the LenovoEMC px4-400 network-attached storage (NAS) products for power users and business applications. The px4 products, available in a desktop or rackmount form factor, let users share and protect data and media content over their local network and over the Internet — using the LenovoEMC Personal Cloud capability. For power users, the px4 products have up to 16TB of storage capacity — about three million songs or 400 full HD movies — that not only backs up your systems, but also streams media to popular players, game consoles, smart TVs, tablets and phones using the embedded media server. And, we didn’t leave mobile users out. Download our free app (Google play or iTunes) to link your devices and remotely manage your data or even play stored video. For businesses, the px4 products are flexible enough to provide shared storage for up to 75 concurrent users. These px4 NAS devices can also act as a small virtualized server running VMware or Hyper-V. The px4 products connect to all of the popular systems found in business environments, including Linux and UNIX-based systems, Windows-based PCs and even some fruit company’s OS x-based computers (GASP!). By adding a px4-400d to the network —...

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GUEST BLOG BY Paul Scaini… Today, there are tons of options available to help extend a server’s life. If you’re like most small businesses, you’ve already taken advantage of the fact that servers last longer than ever. But, if you’ve reached the inevitable point where your server is just too old to keep up with your business and it’s time to upgrade, there are a few important things you need to consider when make a new server purchase. Upgrade before your server crashes and burns The average business will ideally update their servers every three- to three-and-a-half years, but many companies are pushing their servers and keeping them for four or more years.  By delaying a new server purchase, you not only risk slowing down your business, but you also risk… “knock on wood” a failure. Take advantage of new technology On top of the typical generational Intel CPU performance improvement of 10-20 percent per year, there are new technologies that you could be taking advantage of by updating your server. Memory and solid state drives, just to name a few, have made drastic improvements in speed and capacity and are significantly cheaper and use less power than they did since you last looked at purchasing a server. Consider what could be a cloudy future You’ve probably heard about all of these wonderful new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications online, such as Dropbox, Salesforce.com and...

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LenovoEMC px4-400r

LenovoEMC px4-400r

GUEST BLOG BY Gregg Shupe… 10. Be green – Leverage drive spin-down and wake-on-LAN to power the storage only when you need it. 09. Lose weight – Shed pounds of ugly USB drives for centralized, high-capacity RAID-protected backup. 08. Virtualize it – LenovoEMC storage devices are HCL-certified with Citrix, VMware and Hyper-V hypervisors – two devices in one. 07. Relax – Use LenovoEMC Storage Connector for a one-click Windows 8.1 backup — without frustration. 06. Go global – LenovoEMC Personal Cloud enables data access from any internet-connected location in the world. 05. Take control – McAfee ePO lets corporate IT manage endpoint security. 04. Be popular – Use the Transmission Torrent app to get the latest videos and shows on your smart TV. 03. Sleep well – A backup copy of all data on LenovoEMC network storage improves peace of mind. 02. Save money – LenovoEMC shared storage costs far less per user than online storage. 01. Keep your shoes pretty – Save time/eliminate sneaker net/save shoe leather – sharing business data on LenovoEMC network storage eases information flow in and out of the office.

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