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Clearpath Update - August 2014

  
  
  

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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.

Clearpath Update - July 2014

  
  
  

Industry Updates

EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0, Adds New Inline Data Services, Expands Family
EMC announced a multitude of new features and configurations, ecosystem integrations, and business programs for EMC® XtremIO™ all-flash arrays. Collectively, these offer more scale, more capabilities, and more support for consolidated, virtualized, and performance-hungry workloads. Read more.

New EMC VMAX – Industry’s First Enterprise Data Service Platform
EMC introduces the highly anticipated VMAX Family, which transforms VMAX® from enterprise storage to an enterprise data service platform. This fundamentally changes what has – until now – been possible with enterprise storage by bringing new levels of cloud-like agility, efficiency and control within the data center. Read more.

Cisco Delivers Two New Industry Solutions to Protect Against Security Threats and Enhance Collaborative Decision Making
Cisco unveiled new solutions that make it easier for customers to better support risk management and compliance for industrial control environments and connect experts for mission critical communications and collaboration. As the Internet of Everything (IoE) is enabling new business processes and operational workflows across vertical industries, this increasing complexity requires greater collaboration as well as more robust and secure solutions to protect against evolving threats. Read more.

AWS Launches an Enterprise File Sharing Service Named Zocalo
Amazon Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity. Users can comment on files, send them to others for feedback, and upload new versions without having to resort to emailing multiple versions of their files as attachments. Users can take advantage of these capabilities wherever they are, using the device of their choice, including PCs, Macs, and tablets. Read more.


Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

August 1, 2014 - Clearpath Movie Event, Guardians of the Galaxy
Join Clearpath and EMC for a special private viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on achieving higher performance and greater efficiency for your data center with EMC Flash solutions. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll watch Guardians of the GalaxyRegister today

August 17-21, 2014 - ILTA 2014 Conference
Join Clearpath at ILTA 2014! The International Legal Technology Association Conference is a four-day educational conference with over 200 peer-developed educational sessions, ample networking opportunities, more than 200 exhibiting vendors and much more. Learn more.

August 28, 2014 - A Day at the Shooting Range with Clearpath and Varonis
Join Clearpath and Varonis on Thursday, August 28th for a day at the shooting range. Come hone your skills and learn about data protection and management at one of the premier state of the art shooting facilities. Register today.

August 28, 2014 - CIO Synergy Boston
Moderated by Scott Shuster, acclaimed former ABC foreign news correspondent and editor of NPR, and led by a panel of CIOs, we'll discuss how IT transformation, consumption and management will drive change and innovation over the next 5 years. Join us for this ultimate networking opportunity within an unparalleled learning environment. Learn more.


Recent Blogs & News

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). Read more.

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. Read more.

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. 
Read more.

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. Read more.

Clearpath Solutions Group Named to CRN’s 2014 Solution Provider 500 List
Clearpath Solutions Group today announced it has been named to the 2014 Solution Provider 500 (SP500) list by The Channel Company’s CRN. The list ranks the top revenue-generating technology integrators in the U.S. and Canada whose forward-thinking approach to the channel has helped them evolve and thrive in today’s cloud and services-driven IT era.  The list spans eight categories from hardware and software sales, to managed IT services. Clearpath Solutions Group placed 311 in the annual ranking. Read more.

 





















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.

Clearpath Update - June 2014

  
  
  
Industry Updates

Horizon 6 is Here!
Right in the middle of the World Cup! VMware Horizon 6 is officially shipping at 8pm PST on June 19th. With this release, IT can now deliver RDS hosted applications alongside virtual desktops through a single platform. And these desktops and applications—inclusive of packaged ThinApp, SaaS apps, RDS hosted apps and even Citrix XenApp applications—can all be accessed by end-users through a unified workspace.  Read more.

AWS add EBS Encryption for Additional Data Protection
On May 21st, AWS announced that they are providing yet another data protection option, with support for encryption of EBS data volumes and the associated snapshots. You can now encrypt data stored on an EBS volume at rest and in motion by setting a single option. Read more.

A Simple Framework for Managing Complex Clouds
Seamless Cloud team comes up with easy, fast way to reprogram network infrastructure, allow connected apps to deploy seamlessly across multiple clouds. The Seamless Cloud framework prototype is a distributed software system leveraging complex network end-to-end, including multi-AS MPLS L3 VPN network, Openstack Cloud controllers and Cisco SDN framework OnePK.
Read more.

Building Hyper Scale Storage on Commodity Platform with ECS Appliance Powered by ViPR
Enterprises and hosters’ alike are driven to the third platform with growing number of cloud based mobile and social applications. This has resulted in an explosion of data for customers from terabyte to petabyte and even exabyte in some scenarios. ECS Appliance powered by ViPR addresses these challenges for building storage geared towards the 3rd Platform. Read more.


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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.

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