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Hot-Sparing Rules for VNX2

Posted by Josh Townsend on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 02:42 PM

As a VAR, Clearpath strives to add value through solid presales architecture, capacity planning, and design work as much as we bring our technical excellence to post-sales implementation and consulting work. Our multi-disciplinary approach allows our engineers to specialize in a specific practice (storage, virtualization, networking), while also bringing knowledge in one or more other areas, or teaming with engineers who complement us in another practice. You’ll see this approach as a customer, and if you were to pull back the curtains on our internal communications, you’d see the same interdisciplinary collaboration between our engineers. This is one of the ways we have of keeping us sharp on best practices, new techniques, and creative solutions to customer problems.

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Topics: VNX2

VMworld 2013 - Day 3 Recap

Posted by Josh Townsend on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 10:14 PM
Day 3 at VMworld 2013 did not include a keynote session, so there is not much in the way of new products or announcements to talk about in this update.  Our engineers have been busy attending breakout sessions, soaking up knowledge on VMware NSX (network virtualization), storage enhancements in vSphere 5.5 (VSAN, vFlash, Virsto), vCloud Suite best practices for upgrades and operations, and what’s new and next in VMware’s end user computing vision.
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Topics: VMware, News & Updates, VMworld

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 4

Posted by Josh Townsend on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 @ 01:17 PM

Configuring AWS Auto Scaling for WordPress

In previous posts, we covered the basics of Amazon Web Services, Preparing AWS Services to support our sample WordPress workload, and Installing WordPress in AWS with ElastiCache and S3/Glacier backups.  In this post we’ll look at how to configure an AWS Auto Scaling group of WordPress servers that respond dynamically to the load placed on them by creating new EC2 instances on demand, or spinning down unnecessary instances during low demand to save on operational expenses.  Auto Scaling uses AWS Cloud Watch to monitor AWS components and responds to alarm metrics (CPU utilization, number of connections, etc.).
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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 3

Posted by Josh Townsend on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

Installing WordPress Components on AWS

Now that we have our AWS infrastructure configured to support a sample WordPress workload (see Part 1 and Part 2 of this series) we can get into installing and configuring WordPress, AWS ElastiCache, and S3 / Glacier backups.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 2

Posted by Josh Townsend on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 @ 01:14 PM

Preparing Amazon Web Services (AWS) for an Auto-Scaling WordPress Site

In my last article I covered the basics of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now it’s time for some hands-on configuration. The example I’ll be working with in the next few posts is a WordPress based site. I’ll leverage a bunch of services within AWS to support my site – Route 53 for DNS, RDS (MySQL as a Service), Elastic Load Balancers in front of auto-scaling EC2 instances (monitored by CloudWatch), ElastiCache, Simple Storage Services (S3), and CloudFront. As you can see, this setup will be very different from the shared hosting or VPS server you might be on today. Taking advantage of these different AWS services lets me scale much easier (and automatically) than just installing everything on a single server.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Part 1

Posted by Josh Townsend on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Introduction to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

As Virtualization Practice Manager, I spend most of my time focused on the VMware stack, but I’m also working with various other technologies including Amazon Web Services.  Many Clearpath customers are expressing interest in hybrid cloud to support their evolving architectures, applications, and business requirements.  As a value added reseller (VAR), Clearpath is in a unique position to guide customers through the transition to a hybrid cloud through our strong partnerships with VMware, Cisco, EMC, and Amazon Web Services.  By drawing on our history of providing private cloud architectures based on VMware, Cisco and EMC, our experience as a cloud service provider, and our multidisciplinary team of engineers we help customers put the right workload in the right cloud at the right time. 
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Topics: Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services

VMware Horizon Licensing Changes

Posted by Josh Townsend on Fri, Jun 07, 2013 @ 02:26 PM
VMware has made some changes to the Horizon Suite licensing since our last post about VMware’s Horizon Suite licensing and promotions.  The changes are included in the VMware End-User Computing Licensing, Pricing and Packaging Whitepaper, but are not well called out.  Here’s what you need to know about the licensing changes.
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Topics: VMware, News & Updates, Licensing

Horizon View vs. Horizon Mirage

Posted by Josh Townsend on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

We recently covered the launch of VMware’s Horizon Suite of End User Computing (EUC) products, including VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Mirage, and VMware Horizon Workspace.  The products present a set of tools that enable IT to exercise comprehensive end-point management while delivering a unified user experience across a variety of devices and access methods.

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Topics: VMware, VMware View, VMware Mirage

EMC ViPR Overview

Posted by Josh Townsend on Mon, May 20, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

EMC showed off ViPR (previously known as Project Bourne) at EMC World 2013. ViPR is EMC’s solution for Software Defined Storage (SDS), helping to round out the EMC² family’s (EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA) Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) vision. Dave provided our introductory coverage of ViPR here. Since being unveiled at EMC World, I’ve heard some confusion in social media circles over what exactly ViPR is – along the lines of ‘ask 10 people what ViPR is and get 10 different answers’. To try to clear up some confusion, here is a brief overview of ViPR.

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Topics: News & Updates, EMC ViPR

Pivotal Announcements

Posted by Josh Townsend on Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 09:37 AM

At EMC World yesterday, the newly formed joint venture between EMC and VMware, along with a strategic investment by General Electric (GE) was discussed by Paul Maritz (former VMware CEO) in the morning’s keynote address.  Pivotal combines intellectual property and engineering resources (1200 employees) from both EMC and VMware to focus on solving big and fast data problems.  Pivotal combines solutions such as EMC Greenplum and VMware Cetas to serve and analyze ‘Big Data’, VMware Gemfire to rapidly ingest ‘Fast Data’, VMware’s Spring and vFabric technologies, and Pivotal Labs software for rapid application development and integration, with the underlying support of VMware Cloud Foundry.

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Topics: VMware, News & Updates, EMC

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