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Failure Is No Accident
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are complicated beasts, and buying one without a plan is like giving your 16-year-old the keys to a Porsche without

drive failure  without teaching him to drive. He's headed for a deadly accident, and if you purchase an ERP system without first learning the basics, you are too! Download this white paper for expert advice on what you should know.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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In evaluating the relative merits of storage vendors, one important consideration is system availability in the event of a drive failure. And because of the potential for data loss, the time during which a drive is being rebuilt onto a hot spare is critical. Demartek compared drive rebuild times for the Pillar Data Systems Axiom 500, EMC CX3-40, and Network Appliance FAS3050c. Find out which product performed the fastest.

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