Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How to set up a smooth-running iSCSI SAN

iSCSI is easy, but it's also easy to do wrong. Here's how to avoid the common pitfalls and ensure your iSCSI SAN hums right along

Since its arrival six years ago, iSCSI has taken the storage world by storm. Proponents usually focus on iSCSI's excellent price performance, but the real secret to its success is the widely known skill set required to implement it: iSCSI uses standard TCP/IP networking to move block-level data around, so network administrators with little storage experience feel right at home.

In fact, iSCSI is so easy to set up, it's also easy to set up incorrectly. Depending upon the situation, this can result in poor performance, poor reliability, or both. Building an iSCSI SAN that can deliver enterprise-grade performance and reliability takes a bit of planning and a thorough knowledge of how your chosen SAN platform works.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Choose your business partners wisely

Independent studies have shown over time, choosing vendors based on price alone isn’t a sustainable long term approach to equipment sourcing. Also, working with resellers based on size or manufacturer recommendations does not mean you will end up with the best solution. Favoring a reseller that primarily represents one manufacturer also isn’t necessarily the best way to guarantee an unbiased solution.

You are better off working with partners that offer multiple product lines and unbiased solutions that will meet your long term goals. The larger the reseller and the more heavily committed they are to one product line, the more influence the manufacturer will have on the solutions they offer and the price you ultimately pay. Buying decisions based exclusively on price or soliciting blind RFQs doesn’t foster loyalty and trust between the client and business partner. It’s the mutually beneficial relationships that everyone seeks so when there is an issue or an emergency, you have a partner you know will do the right thing because of your long history of working together.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hello World!

Welcome to our blog.  We're going to use this first post to tell you a little about ourselves, but after that we will be using this blog to inform you of: upcoming events, industry trends, and tech info.

Great Lakes Computer was established in 1984 and dealt primarily with DEC AlphaServers.  Since that time, our product line-up has grown to include all manufacturers, including Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Juniper, and SUN.  Because we are manufacturer agnostic, our account specialists are able to provide our customers with unbiased recommendations based on their needs.  We have also set ourselves apart by offering new, used, and refurbished options for most of our product lines - you make the choice.

Over the past year, we have made some great strides forward in the products and services that we offer our customers.  We were recently awarded with a Dell Enterprise Architecture partnership as well as VMware's Enterprise level of authorization.

Thanks for checking out our blog and stay tuned for updates!