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AWS: Surviving an Outage - Redundancy, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, Part 1

Posted by Mike O'Brien on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

Recently, Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered another highly publicized outage. AWS’s explanation is very much worth reading, but at a high level, the DynamoDB (AWS’s NoSQL database) service experienced timeout issues due to problems with how the database handles metadata. This had a cascading effect on other widely used AWS services (those that depend on DynamoDB) such as EC2 autoscaling, Cloudwatch and Simple Queue Service (SQS). Many popular internet facing websites and applications were affected, as were countless enterprises running their critical workloads on AWS. However some websites like Netflix, who is perhaps AWS largest and most noteworthy tenant, weathered the outage with no noticeable issues. Netflix, like all savvy AWS users, understands how to build incredibly resilient, fault tolerant systems on AWS. In fact, they design and build in failure into everything they do. Enterprises of all sizes can learn valuable lessons from Netflix.

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Tags: Best Practices, AWS

Clearpath Update - September 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

awsreinventOctober 6th - 9th, 2015 - AWS re:Invent 2015 - Las Vegas, NV
Join us for AWS re:Invent 2015 – the largest gathering of developers and technical leaders from the AWS community. Take advantage of 175+ sessions, training bootcamps, hands-on labs, and Hackathon to gain deeper skills and knowledge of the AWS Cloud. Bring your technical team and walk away with everything you need to thrive in the AWS Cloud. Learn more. 

October 22, 2015 - VMware vForum - Washington, DC
VMware vForum is a free, one-day event aimed at IT professionals who want to simplify and transform their IT. It's for anyone who wants to see improvements and innovation in their IT infrastructure, data center, desktop computing, business continuity, and cloud computing strategy. Learn more.

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Tags: News & Updates

Clearpath Update - July 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

August 7, 2015 - See It First: Fantastic 4 Movie Event - Dedham, MA
Take a break from the office on Friday, August 7th to attend a private premiere of Fantastic 4, courtesy of Rubrik, Nutanix, and Clearpath. Before the movie, we'll provide a joint overview of data

center solutions. Sign-up today.

August 30 - September 3, 2015 - ILTACON 2015 - Las Vegas, NV
Join Clearpath at Booth #619 at ILTACON 2015 hosted by the International Legal Technology Association. ILTACON 2015 is a four-day educational conference that draws on the personal and collective strengths of professionals working in technology within law firms and legal departments. Learn more about this event.

September 15, 2015 - VMware vForum - Boston, MA
VMware vForum is a free, one-day event aimed at IT professionals who want to simplify and transform their IT. VMware vForum offers a unique setting to engage with IT experts and find the latest information on VMware. Whether your interest lies in cloud, virtualization or mobility, or all of the above, VMware vForum 2015 will help you navigate your cloud journey. Learn more and register today. 

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Clearpath Update - June 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 10:30 AM
Industry Updates

Cisco plans to embed security everywhere
Earlier this month, Cisco announced a plan to embed security throughout the network – from the data center out to endpoints, branch offices, and the cloud – in an effort to avoid pervasive threats. Cisco says the strategy will give customers the ability to gain threat-centric security required for the digitized business and the Internet of Everything. The company sees IoE as a $19 trillion opportunity over the next decade while cybercrime is itself a $450 billion to $1 trillion business. Read more.

Introducing Identity Management for the Mobile Cloud Era: VMware Identity Manager
VMware has introduced a new solution, VMware Identity Manager, a unique identity as a service (IDaaS) solution for the mobile-cloud era. The identity management market is heating up again as enterprises make the gradual shift toward cloud-first strategies to transform IT operations. On the surface, the reasons are obvious. Any employee of a company larger than about 20 people feels the pain of trying to get work done when they aren't sitting in front of a domain joined computer in the office, and even then, the occasional need to access an HR app, and likely a CRM app still requires yet another password. Read more.

Now Available: Amazon EC2 for Microsoft Windows Server with SQL Server Enterprise Edition 
Now you can run Amazon EC2 for Windows with SQL Server Enterprise Edition. You can select pre-configured Amazon Machine Images (AMI) and launch them on R3.2xlarge, R3.4xlarge, and R3.8xlarge instance types, in the US-East (Virginia), US-West (Oregon) and Europe (Ireland) regions. Read more.

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Key Takeaways from EMC World 2015

Posted by Michael Kipp on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

Another EMC World has come and gone and just like every year, after the sound of the slot machines and craps tables fade away, we’re left with a slew of new announcements. There were three themes that emerged from this year’s EMC World takeaways; Flash, Software, and Open Source.

There is a clear trend that EMC is increasingly moving away from spinning magnetic disks to faster flash technology. This is evident with their announcements of an all flash Data Domain, and the new 40TB X-Bricks for XtremeIO. EMC was recently listed as the number 1 vendor by revenue for SSA’s, beating out its nearest competitor by over 11 points.

In addition to the news in the flash department, EMC surprised everyone by making their popular product ScaleIO a free download. Rack Scale open source storage? Yes please! EMC and VCE will leverage ScaleIO in their new product offering VxRack.

Here is a breakdown of the biggest announcements and takeaways from EMC World 2015:

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Tags: News & Updates, EMC, EMC world

Clearpath Update - May 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 03:20 PM
Industry Updates

EMC To Acquire Virtustream
EMC Corporation announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream. When the transaction closes, Virtustream will form EMC's new managed cloud services business. The acquisition represents a transformational element of EMC's strategy to help customers move all applications to cloud-based IT environments. Read more.

Cisco Introduces New Cloud and IoT Certifications to Address Key IoE Skills 
To help enterprise professionals develop the key skills needed as a result of the Internet of Everything (IoE), Cisco has announced new IoT and Cloud-focused career certifications. Available globally, the new Cisco® Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications expand Learning@Cisco's industry leading portfolio, helping customers develop the critical skill sets needed for these technologies. Read more.

AWS Introduces AWS OpsWorks for Windows Server 
You can now use AWS OpsWorks with Amazon EC2 instances running Windows Server (2012 R2). OpsWorks is a service that helps you automate operational tasks like software installation and configuration, code deployment, and service discovery using Chef. OpsWorks gives you the flexibility to define your application architecture and resource configuration and handles the provisioning and management of your AWS resources for you. Read more.

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Clearpath Update - April 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 01:14 PM
Industry Updates

New VMware Collaboration Bundle Integrates Content, Social Networking and Video Services
Earlier this month VMware announced the VMware® Collaboration Bundle, a new product suite that integrates AirWatch® Content Locker file sync and sharing, Socialcast® enterprise social networking and AirWatch Video distribution and sharing products for customers seeking to empower employees, drive business innovation and simplify information technology. Read more.

RSA® Security Analytics Now Extends Visibility from the Endpoint to the Cloud
New capabilities have been added to RSA® Security Analytics that are designed to help organizations extend protection of their infrastructure into the cloud. RSA Security Analytics is engineered to give organizations the necessary context to help detect and respond to today’s advanced attack campaigns before they can damage the business. This release also is built to offer visibility into attacks that target critical customer-facing web and mobile applications, and introduces data privacy capabilities. Read more.

Introducing Amazon Machine Learning
Amazon Machine Learning is a new service that makes it easy for developers of all skill levels to use machine learning technology. Amazon Machine Learning provides visualization tools and wizards that guide you through the process of creating machine learning (ML) models without having to learn complex ML algorithms and technology. Once your models are ready, Amazon Machine Learning makes it easy to get predictions for your application using simple APIs, without having to implement custom prediction generation code, or manage any infrastructure. Read more.

VMware Introduces New Open Source Projects to Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of Cloud-Native Applications
VMware announces two new open source projects built to enable enterprise adoption of cloud-native applications -- Project Lightwave, an identity and access management project that will extend enterprise-scale and security to cloud-native applications; and Project Photon, a lightweight Linux operating system optimized for cloud-native applications.
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Clearpath Update - March 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 @ 04:35 PM

Industry Updates

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Tags: News & Updates, Events

EMC Avamar: Root-to-Root versus Root-to-Replicate Replication

Posted by Judson Weinsheimer on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 01:15 PM

Last year we were approached by an Avamar customer looking to take their backup replication in a different direction. They were concerned about the ease of backup data access following the loss and failover of a primary data center location. Through discussions with EMC personnel, spurred along by the EMC Avamar Replication Methods and Optimization Strategies white paper (, they wanted to implement a continuous root-to-root replication strategy.

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Tags: EMC, Backup & Replication, Avamar

EMC Data Domain Boost: What is it and Why it's Beneficial

Posted by Judson Weinsheimer on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 09:39 AM

Over the years I’ve had quite a few Data Domain customers ask, “Just what is Data Domain Boost?” followed by “Do I need Boost?” - Chances are you’ve come across this article with the same two questions. With any luck, by the time you’re through reading, I’ll have answered the first question and helped you along the way to answering the second.

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Tags: EMC, Data Domain, Deduplication, DataDomain, Backup & Recovery Solutions, Backup & Replication