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Clearpath Solutions Group Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 01:31 PM

Clearpath Solutions Group announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company,
has named Clearpath to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

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Maximizing your NSX investments with VMware vRealize® Network Insight (vRNI)

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 09:40 AM

As you are aware, it is nearly impossible and cost prohibitive to monitor East-West network traffic in traditional networking and virtualization environments. Additionally, management tools were never designed to address the complexity or virtualized aspects of today’s networks. This, among many other reasons, has IT turning to VMware NSX.

Transforming operations across virtual, physical, and cloud networks.

VMware NSX creates a software network overlay that enables flexible, scalable networks as well as micro-segmentation - firewall - level security for total control over traffic between servers. But while NSX has revolutionized network security and operations, in order to optimize performance and minimize security risks, one needs a user-friendly tool to help regulate and fine-tune VMware NSX.

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Topics: VMware NSX

Book Giveaway! - "VMware NSX Network Essentials" by C Sreejith

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 @ 03:08 PM

There are several ways to qualify to win:

Book Description* - VMware NSX Network Essentials by C Sreejith

"VMware NSX is at the forefront of the Software defined networking revolution. It makes it even easier for organizations to unlock the full benefits of a Software defined data center – scalability, flexibility – while adding in vital security and automation features to keep any sysadmin happy. Software alone won’t power your business – with NSX you can use it more effectively than ever before, optimizing your resources and reducing costs.

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Getting to the Cloud Faster and More Securely with VMware NSX

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 10:07 AM

The hybrid cloud model is becoming an attractive option for a growing number of businesses 
looking to differentiate, innovate, and quickly meet expanding business requirements.  In addition to offering greater agility, flexibility, and scalability, hybrid clouds also help maintain security and high performance for business critical applications and data.  The software-defined data center (SDDC) enables this transition to the cloud by providing an infrastructure that is virtualized and fully automated by software. 

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Topics: VMware NSX

Network Virtualization and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS): The Right Match for Faster Recoveries

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 09:56 AM
The concept of virtualization has revolutionized today’s data center – from server to storage and now networking. As a result, it has paved the way for many cloud offerings such as Software as a Service (SaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Small and medium businesses, or really enterprise customers of any size, can now implement comprehensive disaster recovery plans that were once out of reach due to cost or lack of resources.
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Topics: VMware NSX

Clearpath Solutions Group Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 01:28 PM

Clearpath Solutions Group  announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Clearpath to its 2017 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Elite 150 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Clearpath has a comprehensive portfolio of managed services offerings that address all aspects of the infrastructure including voice, network, compute, storage, virtual, cloud-based and customer on-premises environment solutions. Clearpath’s offerings deliver the performance, resiliency, and availability necessary to support our clients’ business initiatives while lowering their overall IT support costs.

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Greater IT Security Through Network Virtualization: Why VMware NSX Should Be A Part Of Your Security Solution

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

“Yahoo says 500 million accounts stolen” – CNN Money

“Snapchat and Seagate fall prey to new W-2 scam” - CBS News

“Cyber hack got access to over 700,000 IRS accounts” - USA Today

“LinkedIn Data Breach: 117 Million Emails and Passwords Leaked” - Fortune

“The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the US” – New York Times

Headlines like these are increasingly more common as data breaches, leaks, and hacks continue to affect companies of all sizes, types, and prominence.  Unfortunately, no one is immune to the sophisticated attacks performed at the hands of cybercriminals.  And despite greater focus and effort on defending the data center, the speed at which technology is evolving creates new challenges for implementing a secure network. 

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Topics: VMware NSX

Cisco ACI and VMware NSX: How They Can Coexist

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

For customers looking to adopt a software-defined networking (SDN) approach to automating their data center network, Cisco ACI and VMware NSX are likely not foreign terms.  These SDN platforms, being two of the leading solutions in the market, have often been positioned against each other as apples-to-apples competitors.  In fact, of the 250 SDN-related inquiries that Gartner fielded in 2016, more than 50 specifically requested comparisons between VMware NSX and Cisco ACI.

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Topics: VMware NSX, Cisco ACI

Enabling Secure IT Operations for your Organization

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 11:29 AM

Over the past several weeks we have examined ways to protect your organization from malware and other malicious code throughout the corporate environment. If it is not evident at this point - we are examining data from a multitude of devices scattered throughout the corporate IT infrastructure. We find that the devices and software used for this task are both diverse and disjointed. These devices include Firewalls, laptops, desktops, multifunction devices, A/V software, basically anything that is connected to the network. These devices and software provide valuable information in the form of logs that can be used to trigger alerts based on multiple inputs.

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Topics: Security, SIEM

Complete Endpoint Solutions

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

The battle at the endpoint - phones, tablets and mobile computing - faces an endless onslaught of malware delivered from websites, bots, and pretty much any other malicious code that can be thrown at endpoints. Why are the endpoints always under attack? Simple, when they are off corporate networks there are no firewalls, no IPS, none of the enterprise grade protection that exists in a corporate environment. You and I know this, unfortunately so do the bad guys. Understanding this helps us understand why these devices are frequently targeted by malicious individuals and organizations.  It is good to think of the endpoints as the new perimeter.

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Topics: Security, Endpoint Security

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