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AWS re:Invent – Summing Up the Big Announcements

  
  
  

Another AWS re:Invent is here and gone. While this year seemed more developer centric than years past, two strong themes emerged from re:Invent 2014. First is a clear focused commitment towards the targeted needs of large enterprises. Second is the drive to foster innovation and build solution stacks that generate revenue from open source technologies.

DR in the SDDC, Part 4: Clearpath’s Disaster Recovery as a Service with Zerto

  
  
  

Our final solution in the Disaster Recovery in the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is Clearpath’s own Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). There are some truly unique aspects of Clearpath’s DRaaS that help customers meet aggressive Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). Clearpath assists our customers meet these aggressive objectives by using a virtual-aware, software-only, tier one, enterprise-class replication solution that is also purpose-built for virtual environments. This solution is called Zerto.

DR in the SDDC, Part 3: vCHS Disaster Recovery as a Service

  
  
  

To this point, our list has covered Veeam and Hotlink DR Express as options for disaster recovery solutions in the software defined datacenter (SDDC). Our next candidate is the up and coming power player VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) - Disaster Recovery released just earlier this year. This DR to Cloud offering is completely self-service providing organizations with asynchronous replication and failover for their vSphere virtual environments.

DR in the SDDC, Part 2: Hotlink Disaster Recovery Express

  
  
  

Last time, in Part 1 of this series, we kicked off our list of software defined datacenter (SDDC) disaster recovery solutions with Veeam. Next on our list is HotLink DR Express which provides backup and replication plus the cool added benefit of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

DR in the SDDC, Part 1: Veeam Backup and Replication

  
  
  

Most backup tools were built for the physical world and simply retrofitted for virtualization. Their roots are in the physical world, which results in complications in today’s virtual world. Veeam Backup and Replication was designed and built specifically for the virtualized datacenter. Veeam has a long list of great features for backup and recovery, such as:

Disaster Recovery in the Software Defined Datacenter Blog Series

  
  
  

The modern datacenter is undergoing an unprecedented transformation in the way IT is managed and delivered. Fueled by rapidly evolving business and operational considerations, today's IT executives and administrators are under an increasing amount of pressure to respond to a new set of requirements. Research from Forester shows that the average organization is 50% virtualized and that it will increase by 75% in the next 2 years. Taking it a step further, continued advancements in virtualization are driving companies to adopt a virtual first strategy for most new initiatives. This fundamental transformation and growing requirements has brought a unique set of challenges for backup and recovery in today’s datacenter:

Why Wi-Fi: “But it works at home?”

  
  
  

In large enterprise wireless deployments, there currently are few alternatives to the Cisco Unified Wireless Network when it comes to wireless infrastructure strategy. The core requirement, to provide a stable solution in large facilities with business critical wireless functions, needs the enhanced tuning features native to these traditional deployment methodologies.  I emphasis the word currently, because there is something on the horizon and it’s (I couldn’t resist) a cloud: specifically cloud wireless.

Rehashing vCenter Server Appliance Certificates

  
  
  

After months of running the vSphere 5.1 appliance in my lab, I decided to install the 5.5 appliance to see just how far this little gem has come.  So, I downloaded and deployed the OVA, and moved onto initial configuration.  After the initial configuration was completed, I decided to tweak some values in the interface.  First and foremost - the DHCP configuration had to go.  Followed by setting the host FQDN, which was strangely omitted from the initial configuration.  This made running AD authentication a little difficult since AD integration requires that the appliance have an FQDN before it will accept the configuration.

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Why Wi-Fi? 802.11AC

  
  
  

Over time we have seen many innovations around the product offerings surrounding 802.11 technologies. Each new advance in technology requires a shift in both focus and training. Deployment methodologies constantly adjust as companies invest in enhancing their internal corporate wireless networks. 802.11ac Wave 1 is the latest rendition of the ever changing IEEE standards. 802.11ac has affectionately been deemed “Super Wi-Fi” by the general public.

Creating a MySQL Instance Using AWS RDS and Accessing it Using MySQL client

  
  
  

In this article, I will discuss how to create a MySQL database using AWS RDS. Once we have the instance ready, I will walk you through how you can access and use this created instance using MySQL, our workbench or any MySQL client tool.

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