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When companies are looking to review the Infrastructure, management and security of their critical data, COOLSPIRiT experts are on hand to advise, design and implement industry-leading solutions with cutting-edge vendor products.

SOLUTiONS

COOLSPIRiT expert consultants design solutions to help companies meet their business goals. Enabling intelligence, automation and cost savings are key features of our solutions.

Virtualization

Introduction

Server Virtualization is a software architecture that allows more than one server operating system to run as a guest on a given physical server host. With the server software abstracted away from the physical machine in this way, the server becomes a "virtual machine," detached from the physical plane — though the server "thinks" it is running exclusively on the compute and memory resources.  It’s actually running on a virtual imitation of the server hardware.

How does server virtualization benefit me?

Server Virtualization enables more efficient use of IT resources, ensuring maximum use of hardware resources at all times. The same physical server can run multiple virtual server operating systems, while these virtual machines can be migrated on-line to other physical servers, increasing resilience.

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Hyper-Converged

Introduction

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is a fully software-defined IT infrastructure that virtualizes all of the elements of conventional 'hardware-defined' systems. HCI includes, at a minimum, virtualized computing (a Hypervisor), a virtualized SAN (software-defined storage) and virtualized networking (Software-defined networking). HCI typically runs on industry-standard Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) servers.

How does Hyper-Converged Infrastructure benefit me?

Hyper-converged systems let you seamlessly manage a complex infrastructure, accelerate virtualised workloads, reduce complexity, improve operational efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership.

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Software Defined

Introduction

Software-defined Infrastructure is the definition of technical computing infrastructure entirely under the control of software with no operator or human intervention. It operates independent of any hardware-specific dependencies and is programmatically extensible.

How does Software-defined Infrastructure benefit me?

Software-defined infrastructure has several key benefits for businesses including, vendor specific hardware elimination, cost reduction, single-interface management and IT Automation. Speeding IT operations and making compliance easier to maintain.

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Hybrid Storage

Introduction

Hybrid Storage is a term used to describe storage systems that are designed with a blend of flash-based solid state disk and hard disk drives to provide high performance at an affordable price. Hybrid storage systems address the cost-per-IOPS vs cost-per-GB decision that IT professionals have to address.

How does Hybrid Storage benefit me?

Hybrid Storage offers improved storage utilisation with maximum performance, while procured at lower costs than other storage systems such as all flash. IT professionals gain advanced data tiering and storage management with hybrid systems.

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Flash Storage

Introduction

Flash Storage refers to the use of solid-stage drives comprised of flash memory (i.e. "An All-Flash Array") for the mass storage of data or files. Flash storage offers an alternative to relying on hard disk drives or other media for storage. Recent advances in manufacturing have made it possible for all-flash storage arrays to hold more data per rack unit than is possible with hard disk drives, while performing faster input/output operations.

How does Flash Storage benefit me?

Flash storage offers advantages over traditional spinning disk media. Though still slightly more expensive on a cost-per-GB basis, flash storage enables radically faster data processing operations. You can store databases "in-memory" and deliver a read/write speed that is 4 times greater than HDDs.  Flash storage is more dense than HDDs and tends to be less prone to failure, given its lack of moving parts.

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Tiered Storage

Introduction

Tiered Storage is an underlying principle of ILM (information lifecycle management). It is a storage networking method where data is stored on various types of media based on performance, availability and recovery requirements.

How does Tiered Storage benefit me?

Tiered Storage deployments allow IT departments to serve data to users based on the performance requirements of this data. Data is stored on medium types depending upon the access times required, driving down costs of storing potential data that doesn’t need to be served from the fastest medium.

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Backup & Recovery

Introduction

Data Backup has a primary purpose to recover data after it is loss, be it by data deletion or corruption. The secondary purpose of backups is to recover data from an earlier time, according to a user-defined data retention policy, typically configured within a backup application for how long copies of data are required. Though backups represent a simple form of disaster recovery, and should be part of any disaster recovery plan, backups by themselves should not be considered a complete disaster recovery plan. One reason for this is that not all backup systems are able to reconstitute a computer system or other complex configurations by simply restoring data from a backup.

How does Backup & Recovery benefit me?  

Data backup offers the assurance that your data is safe and that copies can be retrieved from different points in time for your users. Keeping copies on multiple media types also increases this assurance, along with accessibility.

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Disaster Recovery

Introduction

Disaster Recovery involves a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster. Disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems supporting critical business functions, as opposed to business continuity, which involves keeping all essential aspects of a business functioning despite significant disruptive events. Disaster recovery is therefore a subset of business continuity.

How does Data Recovery benefit me?  

Disaster recovery is a process that delivers resilience to your IT infrastructure and ensures RPO/RTO polices are met. In the scenario of a primary data center site failure it is critical your business continues to operate with minimal IT downtime impact, DR software reduces the time required to bring systems back online.

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Data Archive

Introduction

Data Archiving is the process of moving data that is no longer actively used to a separate storage device for long-term retention. Archive data consists of older data that is still important to the organization and may be needed for future reference, as well as data that must be retained for regulatory compliance.

How does Data Archive benefit me? 

Data archive procedures reduce costs associated to storing user data, while offering seamless access to data for users. A user will access data by the same method, but this data may reside outside of the application on more cost effective storage. Search also offers data compliancy, enabling you can find and secure data quickly.

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Enterprise Search

Introduction

Enterprise Search is the practice of making content from multiple sources, such as databases and files, searchable to a defined audience. Enterprise search software can be contrasted with web search, which applies search technology to documents on the open web, and desktop search, which applies search technology to the content on a single computer. Enterprise search software index data and documents from a variety of sources such as: file systems, intranets, document management systems, e-mail, and databases. Many enterprise search software applications integrate structured and unstructured data in their collections.

How does Enterprise Search benefit me? 

Search capability gives you the confidence to know you can always find the information you need to satisfy internal search requirements or respond to external eDiscovery requests.

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Cloud Computing

Introduction

Cloud Computing decouples basic computing resources from individual physical machines. The user can rapidly provision and release the resources with minimal management effort or service provider interaction via an online, self-service catalogue of available options. This practice allows users to access a shared pool of computing resources they can use on demand rather than maintaining physical compute, storage, services, or networking resources dedicated to an application.

How does Cloud Computing benefit me?

Cloud computing provides companies with a number of notable benefits including, costs reductions, ease of use and maintenance, rapid scaling and better disaster recovery.

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Private Cloud

Introduction

Private Cloud is also known as on-premises cloud, internal cloud or corporate cloud. Private cloud functions just like public cloud, but is run on proprietary systems dedicated to a particular company. It’s essentially the "intranet" version of cloud computing.

How does Private Cloud benefit me?

Private cloud offers greater security and control over data and operations. Computing resources can be configured and managed in a manner that’s tailored specifically to the needs of the individual company. Private cloud also shares many of the operational advantages of public cloud.

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Public Cloud

Introduction

Public Cloud is a multi-tenant form of cloud computing in which infrastructure is shared by multiple companies and individuals. It is considered the "standard model" of cloud computing and is the opposite of private cloud, a model in which infrastructure resources are dedicated to a single organisation.

How does Public Cloud benefit me?  

Public cloud computing, in general, tends to be less expensive and more flexible than private cloud computing. It’s typically offered on a pay-per-usage basis with no contracts, making it easy to scale usage up and down as needed.

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Hybrid Cloud

Introduction

Hybrid Cloud combines public cloud and private cloud into a seamlessly blended infrastructure. Adding traditional IT into the mix results in a full hybrid IT model that allows companies to take advantage of the public cloud pricing, the general flexibility of cloud computing and the security of dedicated hardware.

How does Hybrid Cloud benefit me?  

Hybrid Cloud enables companies to place each workload in its optimal environment, which has the effect of speeding deployments, reducing costs and allowing the right security measures to be put into place to meet compliance standards for sensitive data. Hybrid cloud allows organizations to take advantage of pay-as-you go public cloud pricing models to handle high-volume batch computing jobs and sudden traffic spikes while maintaining control and predictability with owned infrastructure.

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Ransomware

Introduction

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid. More modern ransomware families, collectively categorized as crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain file types on infected systems and forces users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key.

How can you manage the threat of Ransomware?  

Our intelligent data management solutions protect your business-critical data against malware attacks. By allowing you to see when an attack is happening, we can enable you to take the actions required to stop the attack at source and recover infected data as required.

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Data Threat

Introduction

Data Threat is the circumstance or event with potential to cause harm to sensitive information in the form of destruction, disclosure, and modification of data, or denial of service. A threat is a potential for harm. The presence of a threat does not mean that it will necessarily cause actual harm.

How can I protect information?

Our leading solutions enable you to Monitor and analyse user behaviour, providing critical insights around data-flow that you need to secure against data threat.

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The GDPR

Introduction

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important new regulation involving individuals’ information to emerge: it provides the foundation for how multi-national organizations and government agencies must protect sensitive customer information and how they can derive value from enterprise data.

How can I address the GDPR regulations?

To meet and remain fully compliant with GDPR, your security strategy and controls must encompass people, processes and technology. Our solutions offer powerful features to help you meet key GDPR compliance rules. This includes the successful notification of any personal data breach within 72 hours to your Supervisory Authority.

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Deduplication

Introduction

Data deduplication is a process that eliminates redundant copies of data and reduces storage overhead. Data deduplication techniques ensure that only one unique instance of data is retained on storage media, such as disk, flash or tape. Redundant data blocks are replaced with a pointer to the unique data copy. In that way, data deduplication closely aligns with incremental backup, which copies only the data that has changed since the previous backup.

How does Deduplication benefit me?  

By enabling deduplication within your IT infrastructure, either at within primary storage or backup procedures, you will enable instant cost saving and performance gains.

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COOLPRACTiCE

For all projects undertaken our working process employs universally accepted process structure principles such as ISO 9001, PRINCE2, AGILE and ITIL. COOLSPIRiT ensures that the implementation of your solution is handled efficiently and you can trust us to deliver it successfully; always with a strong foundation of project programming, cost control and change management.

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