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It’s No Fairy Tale: Building Your Hybrid Cloud Just Got Easier with VMware Cloud on AWS

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Remember that old fairy tale called Jack and the Beanstalk?  Some magical beans grew a giant vine reaching all the way up to the clouds where great rewards and even greater dangers awaited our unsuspecting hero.  Many enterprises may feel the same way about moving to the cloud.  Sure, there are promised rewards—but how to minimize those giant risks?

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Chances are you are already doing virtualization today, and probably using VMware vSphere.  Virtualization is a great step in expanding and optimizing the computational power of your physical machines.  Consider that planting those magic beans.  But it’s only part of the story.  Smart CIOs and IT directors know even more CAPEX savings and OPEX efficiencies can be had by expanding virtualization to other areas of their data centers - namely storage and networking.  Running a software defined data center gives you greater savings, better efficiencies, and more security, and is a great step towards expanding into the cloud.

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Topics: VMware, AWS, VMware AWS, Hybrid Cloud

Clearpath Update - April 2016

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 04:28 PM

 

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

May 6, 2016 - Clearpath Movie Event: Captain America: Civil War - Reston, VA
Join us on May 6th for a private viewing of Captain America: Civil War in Reston, VA. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on leveraging an active line of defense against cyber threats. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Captain America: Civil War. Reserve your spot today!

May 6, 2016 - Clearpath Movie Event: Captain America: Civil War - Rockville, MD
Join us on May 6th for a private viewing of Captain America: Civil War in Rockville, MD. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on EMC’s new hyper-converged appliance, VxRail. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Captain America: Civil War. Reserve your spot today!

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Topics: VMware, News & Updates, Cisco, Zerto, AWS

Clearpath Update - March 2016

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 01:24 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

AFF_logo-blk-loresMarch 31 - April 3 - Annapolis Film Festival with Nimble and Clearpath - Annapolis, MD
Clearpath is a major sponsor of this year's Annapolis Film Festival and we'd like to invite you to join us for this special event. Tickets must be reserved in advance. We're also offering a limited number of VIP tickets which include access to special receptions, after parties, panel discussions and more. If you're interested in attending, please provide us with your information here and a Clearpath representative will be in touch with you. Learn more and reserve your ticket.

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Topics: VMware, News & Updates, Cisco, AWS

AWS re:Invent 2015 Recap – Security, Redundancy, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, Part 2

Posted by Mike O'Brien on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 12:11 PM

I last wrote about this topic following a widely publicized AWS outage. This time, I am writing following the biggest cloud computing event of the year, AWS re:Invent 2015. Clearpath Solutions Group was proud to again sponsor this exciting and growing event which had over 18,000 people in attendance. There were several big themes to re:Invent this year including the Internet of Things (IoT), DevOps, Big Data and Business Intelligence. Check out the full list of new services and features here. It’s a lot to absorb and the pace of innovation never ceases to amaze me. Despite all the big news, these are my two big takeaways:

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Topics: Best Practices, AWS re:Invent, AWS

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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Topics: Best Practices, AWS

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