Clearpath’s Blog on IT Infrastructure, Hybrid Clouds and IT Security

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.

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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, VMware NSX

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, 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, VMware NSX

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, 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, Cisco, VMware NSX, Cisco ACI

NSX Manager Host Preparation Fails When Port 80 on vCenter Already in Use

Posted by Soheil Amiri on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

We recently implemented NSX in an existing vCenter/vSphere environment and ran across an interesting issue when attempting to prepare the hosts. SQL Server Reporting Services was co-installed with vCenter, so to prevent a conflict on TCP/80 the customer specified a custom HTTP port during vCenter installation. At this point we should have been conflict free on TCP/80 but as we soon found out, that was not the case.

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Topics: VMware, vCenter, EAM, VMware NSX, ESXi

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

VMware Releases Horizon View 7 and AppVolumes 3.0

Posted by Will Sauter on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 01:39 PM

Earlier this week, VMware released Horizon View 7 and AppVolumes 3.0 to general availability. Over the next few days I’m upgrading Clearpath’s lab environment and running both updates through the ringer. I’ll update this blog with any obstacles I encounter; below are some highlights of the updates that I’ve noted so far. As an FYI, AppVolumes 3.0 requires repackaging all applications just to get started.

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Topics: VMware, End User Computing, VMware Horizon, Virtual Desktops

DR in the SDDC, Part 3: vCHS Disaster Recovery as a Service

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

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.

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Topics: VMware, Disaster Recovery, Software Defined Datacenter

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