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Clearpath Update - March 2015

  
  
  

Industry Updates

Clearpath Update - February 2015

  
  
  
Industry Updates

VSPEX BLUE Ushers In Radically Simpler IT
On February 3, 2015, EMC announced VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure. Now, IT departments can deploy complete infrastructure solutions when and how needed. The VSPEX BLUE appliance is powered by VMware EVO: RAIL and EMC software that delivers compute, storage, networking and management in a single 2U platform. This enables IT to react quickly, free from the burden of advanced IT consumption planning, and provide virtual assets when, how AND where the business demands. Learn more.

VMware vSphere 6 – The Foundation for Hybrid Cloud
On February 6th, VMware announced VMware vSphere® 6, the newest edition of the industry-defining virtualization solution for the hybrid cloud and foundation for the software-defined data center. With more than 650 new features and innovations, VMware vSphere 6 will provide customers with a highly available, resilient, on-demand cloud infrastructure to run, protect and manage any application. VMware vSphere 6 will be complemented by the newest releases of VMware vCloud® Suite 6, VMware vSphere with Operations Management™ 6, and VMware Virtual SAN™ 6. Read more.

Amazon Introduces Business Email and Calendar Service
On January 28th, AWS introduced WorkMail. Amazon WorkMail is a secure, managed business email and calendaring service with support for existing desktop and mobile email clients. Amazon WorkMail gives users the ability to seamlessly access their email, contacts, and calendars using Microsoft Outlook, their web browser, or their native iOS and Android email applications. You can integrate Amazon WorkMail with your existing corporate directory and control both the keys that encrypt your data and the location your data is stored. Read more.

Google and VMware Collaborate on Enterprise Public Cloud

VMware announced on January 29, 2015 an expanded agreement with Google to deliver greater enterprise access to public cloud services via VMware vCloud® Air™. As part of this agreement, Google Cloud Platform will be tightly integrated into vCloud Air, providing enterprise customers with greater access to industry-leading cloud services on VMware's hybrid cloud platform. Read more.



Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

March 4 - 5, 2015 - SecureWorld 2015 - Boston, MA
Over the past decade SecureWorld has emerged as one of North America's most vital cybersecurity conference, providing globally relevant education, training and networking for cybersecurity professionals on a regional level. SecureWorld provides more content and facilitates more professional connections than any other event in the cybersecurity industry. Join Clearpath & Varonis at this special two-day event. Learn more.

March 5, 2015 - Brews & BBQ with Clearpath & Varonis - Silver Spring, MD
Join Clearpath and Varonis at Denizens Brewing Company on March 5th for a special brewery tour & tasting event. The event will start out with a presentation on data protection and management followed by a tour of Denizen's brewing facilities and an exclusive beer tasting. Plus, there will be complimentary BBQ provided following the tour. Register today!

March 19, 2015 - March Madness Viewing Party - Arlington, VA
Join us Thursday, March 19th for a special March Madness Viewing Party with Clearpath, Varonis & VMware. Technical representatives will be onsite to field any technology questions, but most of all - come out for the opportunity to watch the excitement of the NCAA tournament games and network with IT professionals & subject-matter experts. Register today!

March 24, 2015 - Go Kart Racing Event - Sterling, VA
Join Clearpath, VMware & EMC for a day of racing at the All Sports Grand Prix in Sterling, VA on Tuesday, March 24th. The event will include a presentation on best practices in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, lunch & exclusive track access to the ultimate go-kart racing experience.
Register for this event today!
 


Recent Blogs & News

EMC Avamar: Root-to-Root versus Root-to-Replicate Replication
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. Read more.

Clearpath Solutions Group Named to CRN Managed Service Provider 500 List
Clearpath Solutions Group today announced it has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Elite 150. This annual list distinguishes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose leading approach to managed services enables their customers to improve operational efficiencies, elicit greater value from their IT investments, and successfully leverage technology to achieve greater competitive advantage. Read more.

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

Clearpath Solutions Group Recognized as CRN Triple Crown Award Winner
Clearpath Solutions Group announced today it has been honored with the prestigious CRN Triple Crown Award. Only 26 North American solution providers received this recognition, which went to those solution providers who had the revenue, growth and technical expertise to be recognized on CRN’s 2014 Solution Provider 500, Fast Growth 150 and Tech Elite 250 lists. Read more.

The Advantages of Active/Active Datacenters in a Hospital Environment
At Clearpath, we work with a number of community hospitals. Like all verticals, healthcare has its own set of unique elements and challenges - the most important of which is related to system downtime. It’s not a revelation that downtime costs money; that is well-documented. However, in a hospital setting, downtime has the potential to impact patient health and well-being. Imagine the impact of downtime when trying to register a new patient in the ER, when pulling up an MRI in a patient room, or requesting medication from the on-site pharmacy. All of these tasks depend on reliable backend IT systems. Read more.

































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

  
  
  

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 (https://www.emc.com/collateral/software/white-papers/h8245-avamar-replication-wp.pdf), they wanted to implement a continuous root-to-root replication strategy.

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

  
  
  

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.

Clearpath Update - January 2015

  
  
  

Industry Updates

The Advantages of Active/Active Datacenters in a Hospital Environment

  
  
  

At Clearpath, we work with a number of community hospitals.  Like all verticals, healthcare has its own set of unique elements and challenges - the most important of which is related to system downtime.  It’s not a revelation that downtime costs money; that is well-documented.  However, in a hospital setting, downtime has the potential to impact patient health and well-being.  Imagine the impact of downtime when trying to register a new patient in the ER, when pulling up an MRI in a patient room, or requesting medication from the on-site pharmacy.  All of these tasks depend on reliable backend IT systems.  Although system downtime is a component of any IT environment, it is especially important for hospitals to invest in business continuity strategies that will minimize the amount of planned and unplanned downtime wherever possible.   

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).

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