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For Sale – Western Digital 4TB 2.5″ External Passport Hard Drive

Western Digital 4TB 2.5″ External Passport Hard Drive
Black in colour, used for only backup movies.

Location
Warwick
Price and currency
62.50
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For Sale – Western Digital 4TB 2.5″ External Passport Hard Drive

Western Digital 4TB 2.5″ External Passport Hard Drive
Black in colour, used for only backup movies.

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Warwick
Price and currency
62.50
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Insurance company uses Cohesity backup to wean off tape

Change is hard, especially when it comes to moving from legacy backup to modern methods.

Insurance company Illinois Mutual, based in Peoria, Ill., adopted cloud-based Cohesity backup and has been transitioning off its old, tape-based system. The switch seemed like it should’ve been an easy decision, but Shawn Gifford, senior infrastructure administrator and infrastructure team lead at Illinois Mutual, said the company was resistant to change when he joined four years ago.

“When I came to the company, the cloud was regarded as somewhat of a bad word,” Gifford said. He was hired to change that culture.

Gifford had experience in cloud consulting, and he had seen his share of failed cloud endeavors before his time at Illinois Mutual. He said the key to both avoiding failure and convincing people to buy in is a detailed cost-benefit analysis.

Gifford calculated a lower total cost of ownership and other cost savings with Cohesity backup, but also went beyond raw financials.

He helped build his case by emphasizing it would reduce the time staff would have to spend working with backups, as well as lower backup and restore times. Other selling points were that Cohesity put deduplication and encryption in the same layer, and consolidates hardware and software.

Headshot of Shawn GiffordShawn Gifford

Illinois Mutual has a staff of around 200 at its Peoria headquarters and about 60 sales representatives working remotely. Its main data center is in Peoria, but the company also replicates to a colocation site in Bloomington, Ill. In total, the company is protecting 130 TB of data. Much of that data is important insurance information with a retention period of 25 years.

Gifford said the toughest part of modernizing Illinois Mutual’s backup wasn’t finding a vendor with the right technology or working out a cost strategy. For him, the biggest challenge was cutting through a company culture that was set in its ways. Much of IT was used to maintaining status quo rather than examining what processes could be improved.

“Instead of a swear jar, we have a, ‘That’s the way it’s always been’ jar,” Gifford said, on the company’s resistance to change.

Instead of a swear jar, we have a, ‘That’s the way it’s always been’ jar.
Shawn GiffordSenior infrastructure administrator and infrastructure team lead, Illinois Mutual

Illinois Mutual adopted Cohesity backup in October 2018 following a 60-day proof of concept. Gifford said he spends about half as much time as he used to on backup administration since the switch, and called the period before Cohesity, “painful years.” Not only did backup processes take longer with tape, but he estimated a full restore in case of a major outage could take as long as a month.

To illustrate how much of an improvement the new backup system is, Gifford told the story of a mishap during a backup restoration test. During this test, a new database administrator made an error and sent backup jobs to a remote location. Even though the system was restoring from that remote site instead of local, the test took less than 30 minutes, far less than Gifford said it would’ve taken with the previous setup.

When shopping for a new backup vendor to replace its Commvault and NetApp combination, Illinois Mutual also looked at Rubrik and Veeam. Gifford needed a product that could support tape while he transitioned off it.

“We were so entrenched in tape. We couldn’t just switch data protection and roll off tape immediately,” Gifford said.

Illinois Mutual is also entrenched in Microsoft products, using its Hyper-V hypervisor over VMware. This created an additional challenge for Gifford. He ultimately chose Cohesity backup because he found few vendors supported both Hyper-V and tape.

The insurance company’s Microsoft investment continues to grow, as it is currently in the middle of migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Gifford said Cohesity’s Office 365 backup capabilities were also selling points for him, and he’s looking forward to the vendor providing Teams support in the future.

Gifford said Illinois Mutual has always had a deep partnership with Microsoft and its products, then immediately noted he owed money to the jar. But at this point, the company is so invested in Hyper-V and other Microsoft products that there wasn’t a good reason to switch out. Going through a single vendor for multiple IT needs just makes more sense.

“Not all their products are perfect, of course, but we’re not decreasing our [Microsoft] footprint,” Gifford said.

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For Sale – Mid-2011 iMac 21″, i5, 8Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD

Hi all, I’m selling my mid-2011 iMac which runs with 8Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive (health check approved). It’s the 21″ screen version.

The device is in great condition aside from a scratch on the front of the bottom bezel (down in photo).

It’s currently running Mac OS X High Sierra.

The official wireless keyboard and mouse are included in the sale.

Feel free to ask any questions, collection preferred due to the size (TS18 – Stockton)

Many thanks

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For Sale – iMac 21.5 inch Late 2015

For sale due to lack of use and collection only.

Specs :

i5 1.6ghz
8GB Ram
1TB Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics

Comes with Magic Mouse ( no lightning cable supplied ) and wireless keyboard ( 2 battery Version ) and is running OSX Catalina.

There is a mark on the bottom left corner and small chip at top right corner. The foot also has a dent at the front and small chip at the rear. Damage is shown in the pictures.

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For Sale – Mid-2011 iMac 21″, i5, 8Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD

Hi all, I’m selling my mid-2011 iMac which runs with 8Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive (health check approved). It’s the 21″ screen version.

The device is in great condition aside from a scratch on the front of the bottom bezel (down in photo).

It’s currently running Mac OS X High Sierra.

The official wireless keyboard and mouse are included in the sale.

Feel free to ask any questions, collection preferred due to the size (TS18 – Stockton)

Many thanks

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For Sale – iMac 21.5 inch Late 2015

For sale due to lack of use and collection only.

Specs :

i5 1.6ghz
8GB Ram
1TB Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics

Comes with Magic Mouse ( no lightning cable supplied ) and wireless keyboard ( 2 battery Version ) and is running OSX Catalina.

There is a mark on the bottom left corner and small chip at top right corner. The foot also has a dent at the front and small chip at the rear. Damage is shown in the pictures.

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For Sale – Xiaobi USB 3.0 to SATA 2-Bay Hard Drive Docking Station Aluminum, External Dual BNIB

Xiaobi USB 3.0 to SATA 2-Bay Hard Drive Docking Station Aluminum, External Dual HDD Dock Reader with 3 Ports Hub for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch SSD SATA I/ II/ III, Support 2x 10TB UASP Offline Clone, Tool-free

spec….

  • HDD/SSD Off-line Duplicator, SATA 6Gbps Available, access both all 2.5”/ 3.5” HDDs/SATA hard drive/SSD (10 TB * 2) simultaneously. A perfect solution for backup and processing IT data, batch processing data, formatting, file transfers, data recovery, etc.
  • USB 3.0 external, SATA-III internal, Supports UASP. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1. No reboot and additional driver needed, hot-swapping, easy and quick Tool-Free installation.
  • Aluminum enclosure to ensure fast heat dissipation, working continuously more than 12 hours. LED light indicates Power and Activity status. Entering sleep mode without operation in 30 minutes.
  • Stable and reliable DC power source: The power supply is highly efficient (12V, 4A), so that a stable energy supply is guaranteed; Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS 10.4 to 10.11
  • Customer satisfaction guaranteed! 100% Money Back Guarantee, 18 months Warranty! Package Includes: 1 x USB 3.0 to SATA Aluminum Hard Drive Dock; 1 x 3.3ft Data Cable; 1 x 12V 4A Power Adapter; 1 x User Manual

Product description

Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock with USB 3.0 Hub and Fast USB Charging Port for all 2.5inch and 3.5inch SATA I/II/III. Simple and easy to expand the storage capacity of HDD SSD and data backup.

Features:
→ Offline Cloning: No need USB connection to operate Clone function and copy mass data without PC, the process will show on the LED’s light flash.
→ Equipped with USB 3.0, Super Speed up to 6Gbps. Transfer your data in just minutes.
→ Built-in 2-Port of USB3.0 Hub,1x USB Charging Port which support fast charging of USB BC1.2
→ Aluminum body, fast heat dissipation to prevent overheating.
→ SafetyOver current and short-circuit protection, avoid damage the hard disk and protect data security.
→ System Support:Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 with the latest Service Packs Mac OS X 10.4.8 (or later) and Linux.

Note:
-The hub only for fast charging, without USB function.
-Please backup files in the target hard drive before cloning. Any files in target hard drive will be overwritten when offline cloning occurs.
-Target Disk must contain more space than Source Disk. (capacity: Source Disk Target Disk).
-Please backup files in the target hard drive before cloning. Any files in target hard drive will be overwritten when offline cloning occurs.
-To avoid data transfer errors, overheating and damage to the device please make sure that there are no faulty driver cells.
-To avoid data loss, do not remove or insert drives when one drive is working in the docking station. Please power off the docking station before removing.

Product details:
Material: Aluminum
Dimension: 23*14.2*6.5cm
Weight: 750g
Input power:100-240V,50/60Hz 2.0A
Output power:12V/4A

Package:
Discs Docking Station x1
UK Power Adapter x1
USB 3.0 Cable x1
User Instruction x1

£29 delivered

This is advertised elsewhere

Thx

Ice

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For Sale – HGST 8TB 7.2K 3.5″ SATA III Enterprise Hard Drive £149

This the HGST 8TB 7.2K 3.5″ SATA III Enterprise Hard Drive HDD 0F23267 HUH728080ALE600.

These are Enterprise so runs forever, been using a couple of these in my RAID. 10khours.

Selling to fund a project.

I’m near Angel, Islington in London

Price and currency: 165
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PayPal BT
Location: London
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For Sale – HP Proliant Microserver N54L AMD Turion II Dual Core 2.2GHz Barebones

I have swapped out my hard drives and ram into another unit so this system is now surplus to requirements.
Yours for £90 delivered
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Location
Shrewsbury
Price and currency
£90
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