Gretchen Weaver

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Ask Avere: Improving WAN Performance

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 03:00 PM

In many industries, network bandwidth limitations are a big problem. When the pipe isn't big enough for the traffic, users aren't working at expected efficiency. Although not unique to post-production studios, these companies often have remote artists pounding centralized storage resources all at once due to tight deadlines.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Data Center Management, Technology Community

Cloud Computing For Peak Demand Periods

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 11:16 AM


No matter what industry you are in, operations has slow and busy time periods. Using cloud computing in peak demand periods is proving to be an easy alternative to renting temporary servers or even permanent data center expansions.

One example of this is in the making of movies. In post-production environments, demand for rendering nodes can fluctuate greatly. Projects come in spurts and these studios must ramp up quickly to meet deadlines and keep artists working. When the project is over, the ability to ramp down is almost as important. They can avoid not only the cost of the nodes, but also free up space and eliminate overhead costs associated with IT systems.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute

Migrating Legacy Systems to the Cloud

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Legacy applications and systems are an important component in nearly all established organizations. With investments already made, it’s hard to abandon them when new technologies like cloud become available. Yet, many IT professionals are still eager to start leveraging the cost, scale and other benefits of cloud-based object storage. However, several obstacles present challenges when running legacy applications on the cloud. This "Ask Avere Anything" video takes a look at those challenges and discusses how they can be easily solved.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Cloud Storage, Federal Government

Animation & VFX in France

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Specialty VFX Shops Bring Stories to Life Using Cloud Infrastructure

When it comes to animation and VFX, Europe’s powerhouse is the United Kingdom. But in 2016, France, as well as other countries like Belgium and Spain, have been making strides to become more competitive. The threat in the UK has been attributed to “severe skill shortage” and “insufficient government support” as far back as 2012 as noted in this Wired article.

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Topics: Media & Entertainment, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute

Our Most Popular Posts of 2016

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 08:15 AM

Seems like most everyone is taking some time to reflect on the past year. In news, we’ve seen headlines that will continue well into the future including Brexit, the United States election, and the crisis in Syria.

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Topics: Technology Community

Five More Benefits of Cloud Accessibility in Data Center Management

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

Adding cloud accessibility to your data center isn’t a decision most IT directors and systems engineers enter into lightly. A few posts back in Five Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Data Centers, we shared five benefits of going hybrid within a data center environment. We only scratched the surface and are back with yet another five reasons why hybrid cloud has enterprise data centers looking beyond their four walls. 

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Storage

Five Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Data Centers

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 10:38 AM

Scaling application performance and managing storage growth are on every infrastructure architect’s mind. How these things are addressed within the data center can lead to some tough choices — expansion on premises, expansion into the cloud while maintaining existing resources, or expanding into the cloud while consolidated on-premises compute and storage. Two out of the three options require the building of a hybrid infrastructure that includes both cloud and traditional network-attached storage (NAS).

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS

Overcoming NAS Bottlenecks in HPC

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

As the ability of accessing large computing environments eases with the use of cloud, more and more companies are facing storage challenges in high performance computing (HPC) workloads. As innovation brings larger projects to IT infrastructure, managers are faced with performance, capacity, and budget issues. So how can storage bottlenecks be prevented? 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, HPC, Technology Community

Research Data Access Strategy for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 05:03 PM

Last week in San Diego, leaders in life science research came together to discuss the convergence of science and information technology. Converged IT Summit, hosted by joint efforts between Cambridge HealthTech and BioTeam, presented opportunities to not only network with peers and carefully selected vendors, but discuss how data is being used to deliver on research missions. Not surprisingly, with $1 billion in play, the hot topic was preparation to act on the United States' initiative for transitioning cancer from life-threatening disease to one that can be maintained without harsh immune system impairing treatments.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, Life Sciences, Federal Government

The State of Cloud Adoption in Financial Services at FIA Expo 2016

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 12:50 PM

In marketing, we talk about product lifecycles and most often, the theory of diffusion of innovations is used to explain market growth, shifts, and declines. This theory, developed by Everett Rogers, attempts to explain how innovations are communicated among people in a social system. Others have attempted to bring forth modified ideas, like Malcom Gladwell in The Tipping Point, but despite being introduced in 1962, Rogers theory continues to hold its own, especially when looking at his “categories of adopters.”

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Topics: Financial Analysis