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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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Cisco's Digital Network Architecture (DNA): The Software-defined Future is Happening Now

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

If anything is true in IT, it’s constant change.  Every few years—a new evolution happens.  While there are always incremental improvements in technologies such as chip designs, network speeds, and storage technologies, sometimes these small changes synergistically align on multiple fronts into something that’s new and exciting.

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Intent-based networking is such a combination.  It’s a new way to conceptualize and interact with the network that may fundamentally alter the foundation of networking in your organization.  But what is “intent-based networking”?  And how does it differ from the day-in, day-out networking that’s been running your enterprise for years?

According to the analyst firm ESG, “The concept of intent-based networking is that the network team could simply describe, in plain language, what they wanted to accomplish (the intent) and the network would be able to translate the intent into the numerous policies that would establish the appropriate configuration and settings changes across a complex and heterogeneous environment leveraging automation.”¹

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Topics: Cisco, Digital Network Architecture, Cisco DNA

Optimize your edge connectivity with Cisco Viptela: Is your WAN purpose-built for the cloud and the Internet of Things?

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 08:54 AM

It’s getting harder to define the boundaries of your enterprise nowadays.  It used to be as simple as “inside and outside” the network and the firewall—but the distributed nature of today’s IT is rapidly changing the edge of your network. Your wide area network (WAN) needs to be able to easily expand and adapt to encompass not only branch offices—but also the resources and applications that are moving to the cloud.  Can your network easily handle that?  The sad answer is most can’t – because many networks have remained tied to the physical metaphor of perimeters, walls, and equipment.  You need to be thinking about the edges and expansion of your WAN—not necessarily the physicality of it.

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Don’t misunderstand, there’s no denying the physicality of the network.  After all, it’s put together with cables, wireless routers, and other networking equipment inside your buildings.  The fact is, the demand for increased bandwidth, optimized connectivity for the cloud, and improved security postures to tackle next generation threats can be difficult to meet with traditional WAN architectures.  Add to this, the increasing use of cloud-based applications and the emergence of the Internet of Things, and your WAN may be inadequate for the future. Even now, existing wide area networks across businesses and organizations of all sizes and across all industries are struggling to cope.

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Topics: Cisco, Viptela, WAN

Clearpath named to CRN's 2018 Solution Provider 500 List

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Jun 05, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

Clearpath Solutions Group announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Clearpath to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995.  

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