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Hyper-converged Infrastructure Benefits with Dell EMC VxRack FLEX

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

IT teams face plenty of challenges daily, and with the ever-changing technology landscape, it can be difficult to keep up. Enterprises are embracing hyper-converged infrastructures as a way to modernize the data center, automate service delivery and transform IT operations. 

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As organizations continue to look for ways to deliver a cloud-like experience on-premises, hyper-converged offerings are exceeding expectations. The Dell EMC VxRack System FLEX is a rack-scale hyper-converged system that delivers maximum scalability and business agility, enabling companies to scale their data center growth in flexible, discrete increments.

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Topics: Dell EMC, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Data Center

Keys to a Successful Rack and Stack

Posted by Arish Doha on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

When it comes to succeeding in any profession, it is always important to understand the fundamentals of that particular field. In data center hardware implementation, the most basic concept is the physical placement of hardware inside a data center; or as IT professionals like to call it, the “rack and stacking” of hardware into cabinets and racks. It is an elementary procedure, but if it is done incorrectly or taken lightly, the end result of a project could be disastrous. In order to make life easier for engineers and technicians, here are some useful strategies to consider for a rack and stack job.

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Topics: Data Center, Data Center Implementation

Moving Your Office or Data Center: Part 2

Posted by Nate Reynolds on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 @ 09:18 AM

In Part 1, we discussed the strategy of moving your office or data center, focusing on how to determine your requirements based on the tolerable downtime during your move.

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Topics: Data Center

7 Things to Remember the First Time You Configure a Nexus 7000

Posted by Eric Stuhl on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

The first time I logged into a Nexus 7000, I was a bit intimidated, as there were enough differences between it and the 6500s that I had been more comfortable with in the past. Here are some tips to try and make the transition a little easier.

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Topics: Cisco, Data Center, Nexus 7000

Interconnecting Data Centers through Overlay Transport Virtualization

Posted by Eric Stuhl on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 02:47 PM

The concept of “Any Server, Anywhere” is becoming more and more ubiquitous, particularly in a world that is heavily dependent on VMware and the use of vMotion.  To build a true cloud architecture that allows virtual servers to be migrated between any host devices at any point in the network, transparently to the end user, one of two things must happen:

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Topics: Cisco, Data Center

Moving Your Office or Data Center: Part 1

Posted by Nate Reynolds on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 11:53 AM

In part one of this series, I’m going to discuss the strategy of the move.  Specifically how to determine your requirements based on the tolerable downtime during your move.

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Topics: Data Center, Infrastructure Services

Virtualization in the Nexus 7000 Platform

Posted by Eric Stuhl on Fri, Apr 06, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

The concept of network based virtualization has typically been focused around logical overlays placed on a consistent physical architecture. VLANs, GRE, MPLS, and VRF allow network engineers the ability to create constructs within the network to virtually segment resources.  While this is a powerful tool, the Nexus 7000 takes the capacity of the network to virtualize itself to a much higher degree.

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Topics: Cisco, Data Center, Nexus 7000

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