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Common RAID Performance Killers: Consistency Checks

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Updated 1/1/2022 Here at Gillware, we use many LSI MegaRAID controllers, some of the more popular controllers out there. Although LSI Technologies was acquired by Avagotech in 2014, everyone still refers to them as LSI controllers, so we will too. Semantics aside,…

Contracts for Managed Services: Building a Master Services Agreement

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]For many computer repair and IT professionals, offering monthly managed services to their customers can be a great way to grow their business and increase customer loyalty. However, there can be several barriers to entry that many find hard to…

A Very Dangerous Hyper-V Check Box

First Off, Why Virtualize? For those of you familiar with Hyper-V or virtualization, feel free to skip ahead. For anyone else, this section will provide some context to the issue at hand. To begin, Hyper-V is Microsoft’s version of virtualization…

SSD Form Factor Buyer’s Guide

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve been writing a lot about solid state drives lately. To be fair, so has everyone else. SSDs have been gradually ascending the rungs of technological relevance for over ten years now, culminating in their current status as the greatest…

Cloud Computing and the $67 Billion Dell-EMC Deal

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week we mentioned the potential acquisition of EMC Corporation by Dell, with EMC reportedly being valued at around $50 billion. While previously just rumors, the talk has been substantiated in a mutual announcement from the two organizations. Valued at…

Drive Handling Guide for IT Professionals

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4025″ img_size=”1200×600″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Originally posted June 27th, 2011. Updated Oct. 6th, 2015.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Clients who suddenly lose access to their drive’s data may come to you in a panic. They may expect that you will have some simple trick to get…

Standard RAID Levels Explained

Gillware deals with a lot of failed RAID systems on the side of data recovery. Partially because problems can arise with so many hard drives running, but more likely because their array was not handled correctly. RAID can be extremely complex,…

New Memory Category: 3D XPoint

On July 28th, IM Flash Technologies, LLC revealed they had managed to create a new type of memory. The joint venture between Intel and Micron, formed in 2006, has been working together for nearly a decade and has crafted some…