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Cisco and AppDynamics Together: Complete Visibility that Spans Infrastructure to Application to End User

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 02:54 PM

We live in a digital age, where consumers order products, apply for business loans, and book vacations at the click of a button. But as these digital experiences have got simpler for us, for the companies behind these experiences it’s getting more complex to stay ahead of customer expectations.

The rise of connected devices, distributed architectures, and multi-clouds have increased the complexity of application environments. Companies need insight into the health of every application and every transaction in order to keep up with the pace of change. Cisco, through its acquisition of AppDynamics, may be the answer to these challenges.

What is AppDynamics?

AppDynamics is a single application and business monitoring platform that empowers the world’s largest enterprises, including Barclays Bank, United Airlines, Salesforce, AT&T, and others to build and run the applications they need to thrive.

With AppDynamics, enterprises can watch every line of code and understand its impact on user experience and application performance, while providing real-time insight into the digital business. It strips complexity and drives insights since teams have a single source of truth to focus on end-to-end performance in the context of the customer experience, instead of monitoring individual services.

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Accelerate your Digital Business Strategy with Cisco's Intent-Based Networking that’s Built to Evolve as You Do

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 01:11 PM

In a bid to improve productivity, drive efficiencies, accelerate business initiatives, and learn more from big data, organizations are putting more thought into their digital business strategy. Of course, your network is at the heart of this unstoppable evolution, powering communication to and between the applications driving the digital economy.

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Protect your Cisco Meraki Network in Minutes, with Dead Simple Deployment and Painless Policy Management

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 01:21 PM

The increased sophistication of malware attacks, the rapid expansion of IoT, and the growing use of mobile devices to access enterprise and guest Wi-Fi networks is leaving even the best-equipped security teams struggling to keep up.

Part of the struggle is that existing security solutions are siloed and don’t integrate or share intelligence in a programmatic way. Security teams are also understaffed. The 2018 Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report found that a lack of security personnel prevents many organizations from implementing new cyber capabilities – this can limit the ability to deploy, manage, and scale security solutions to combat the growing threat.

Consider one of the most exploited vulnerabilities in many networks – DNS blind spots. Currently, 97% of malware use DNS as part of the attack. However, most security teams (75%) don’t filter DNS traffic for malicious internet connections, hence the blind spot.

Good news! A new integration addresses this security vulnerability and solves the challenges of deployment and support – making your security team’s jobs a lot easier.

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Getting to the Cloud Quickly with VMware Cloud Foundation: How An Integrated Solution Can Speed Your Time to Market

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

If you’re like most organizations, you’re looking to leverage the cloud—but in way that makes sense for your business.  Sometimes that includes building a private cloud—or running workloads in a public cloud.  The challenge can be uniting both worlds in a way that makes sense—and works with the direction you’ve already taken with your data center strategy.

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Whether starting from scratch from bare metal or looking to leverage your existing infrastructure investments—there’s just a lot of guess work involved with creating your cloud strategy, especially since most organizations want a hybrid cloud approach.  But what if there were ways to remove most of that guesswork and achieve some really remarkable results by using an integrated solution that’s already solved most of your challenges?

In fact, VMware has created such an integrated solution, VMware Cloud Foundation, that can help you:

  • Accelerate your time to market up to 15x faster time by eliminating complex processes around system design, testing, bring-up, configuration, and provisioning
  • De-risk your cloud deployment with quick, repeatable, secure deployments
  • Lower TCO of private cloud deployments by up to 30-40%*
  • Future proof infrastructure by running any app, both traditional and cloud-native in containers
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Topics: VMware, VMware Cloud Foundation

Fight Off Ransomware and Security Threats With The Combined Power of VMware and Alert Logic

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 09:09 AM

Remember those childhood games of “hide and seek”?  All the neighborhood children would get together in breathless anticipation of both finding the best hiding spots and the thrill of being discovered.  But the last thing you want when you are thinking about your network security is to play a game of hide and seek with malicious threats like hackers or ransomware.

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Sure—your first line of defense is your firewall.   But it’s not, if some threat gets inside, but when threats get inside.  What is your response? Does finding out what’s happening turn into a game of hide and seek?  Or worse—is your approach strictly a forensic one?  Wouldn’t it be better to stop the threats as they are happening rather than simply reporting on what happened? 

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Topics: VMware NSX, Alert Logic, Ransomeware

Virtualize your Desktop Infrastructure with Dell EMC XtremIO and VMware Horizon

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 09:26 AM

If you’re thinking about moving to a virtual desktop infrastructure—you’re not alone.  Most people who either have moved to or are considering VDI wan, do so to improve the economics and efficiency in their desktop delivery, ease maintenance and management of their end user computing environment and improve desktop security.   VDI certainly can do all this—but despite it being a virtual solution, you also have to think about the hardware behind the scenes. 

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After all, a key objective of a successful VDI deployment is the end user experience. In many way, it’s the one objective that probably matters the most—since the experience has to match or exceed its physical counterpart.   So how can you assure that you’re getting the best experience for your end-users?  You don’t want to be the “slow-poke” when it comes to your VDI experience for them.  When it comes to delivering a high-performance, low-latency virtual desktop environment, you need to think about both the virtual and the physical infrastructure behind it.

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Topics: VMware Horizon, VDI, Dell EMC

Managing your Internet of Things with VMware Pulse IoT Center: It’s a Wild and Wide-Open Frontier

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

There’s little doubt the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform how we interact with others— from how we monitor and receive healthcare, to how we transact business, and even to how we connect with family and friends.  It’s really the dawn of a new frontier when it comes to IoT, but like all things that evolve—there’s both promise and peril in the chaos of it. 

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Fast and Flexible: The Future of HCI is Here with Dell EMC VxRail Appliance, powered by VMware vSAN

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

Planning for the future means endless possibilities.  Where should our data be stored?  How do today’s infrastructure decisions impact our end-state goal?  Where are our workloads going to be run?  What are our future capacity needs?  As an IT professional these questions are constantly at the forefront of your mind.  According to research firm IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is leading the fastest growing segment of storage solutions[1], making it the hot topic in every discussion.

Today’s IT executives have been keeping a watchful eye on the improvements in HCI since it has been around for several years but has only recently seen rapid adoption.  New generations of HCI solutions provide faster deployment, lower cost of operations, and increased ROI—making the modern enterprise more flexible and agile.  As businesses of all sizes see the benefits of adopting HCI, the adoption rates continue to compound.

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Topics: VMware, Dell EMC, VxRail, Data Storage, vSAN, HCI

Capitalizing on Hybrid Cloud Workloads with VMware’s Cloud Management Platform

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Aug 09, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

We’ve all heard that cloud computing is coming and taking over but when will it finally happen?  It’s here!  But what does this mean to enterprise IT?  Companies can now pursue numerous infrastructure possibilities with the confidence that they can support their business and deliver significant benefits.

Why Move to Hybrid Cloud?

In Clearpath’s experience, moving workloads to a hybrid cloud model using VMware’s Cloud Management Platform delivers high levels of agility, efficiency, and control across traditional and cloud native applications. Public cloud availability gives access to on-demand and temporary resource needs without high-cost, on-premise investments. At the same time, data stored in the enterprise’s private cloud environment can be accessed with less frequency or with the greatest speed.

Many experts agree that 2018 is the breakthrough year for cloud computing.  Adopting any form of hybrid cloud gives customers the best of both private and public clouds - 96% of enterprises have adopted some form of the cloud while 81% have embraced hybrid cloud¹. 

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Topics: VMware

Introducing Cisco Cloud Native Broadband Router - The Software-defined Future Isn’t Just for the Enterprise

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

The software-defined networking revolution is underway, and while many enterprise IT departments are considering SD-WAN and SD-Access to help solve their networking bandwidth and provisioning issues, the same evolution is going at communications and Internet service providers too. This is great for both the service provider and their customers because a software-defined networking approach allows for better, faster, and more consistent delivery of communications services for everyone.  It really is a win-win situation.

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CSPs, ISPs, and cable operators run notoriously hardware-based businesses though, so software-defined may be undiscovered territory for many.  That’s not surprising because they own and operate the physical “pipes” and services of communications—whether that be telecommunications, cable, or Internet.  Many service provider networks are cable-based and cable networks are undergoing major transformations: migrating from analog to digital systems, adding capacity and scale, and deploying new and improved services to meet the increasing needs of their customers.

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