Thursday, December 27, 2012

Have You Heard The Word On Juniper EX4550 Switches?

Announced in late summer of this year, the Juniper Networks EX4550 Ethernet switch is a contender. As the latest addition to Juniper’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switching line, the EX4550 switch offers the ability to mix and match between VC modules and additional port modules for the added edge of Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology. This unique-to-Juniper technology enables multiple interconnected EX-series switches to function as one, singular device.

Offering a compact, 1U design perfect for space-cramped quarters, Juniper EX4550 switches feature an impressive 32 pluggable SFP+ ports built to provide either 1GbE or 10GbE connectivity, depending on the needs of your environment. In fact, the EX4550 can even be configured alongside EX4500 and even EX4200 switches in one Virtual Chassis configuration to make it easier on customers making the move from 1GbE to 10GbE servers.

Juniper EX4550 switches also offer a huge amount of flexibility. This flexibility comes from the option of EX4550 models with different airflow directions, fiber and copper interface options, and an optional 8-port SFP+ expansion module so that you can add even more devices to your network. These options and more eliminate having to make tough compromises between powerful features and latency or future-ready technology and backwards-compatibility – but no more! The EX4550 truly provides the best of both worlds.

As a result of their performance and flexibility, EX4550 Ethernet switches offer the perfect combination of features for applications such as high-density 10GbE data center top-of-rack, enterprise, and campus aggregation/core deployments. So if you haven’t heard the word, and any of these attributes sound appealing, you just may want to look into the new Juniper EX4550 switch.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HP Integrity Gets a Refresh with i4

While the excitement may not have been quite as high as that of Tolkien diehards waiting for The Hobbit to be released, but the anticipation for the newly released HP Integrity servers was there. This refresh of the Integrity product portfolio shows HP’s commitment to this server line and its continuation. The new HP Integrity servers include HP Integrity BL860c i4, HP Integrity BL870c i4, HP Integrity BL890c i4, and HP Integrity RX2800 i4.

As HP-UX software-based server solutions and members of the Converged Infrastructure portfolio, the new HP integrity servers boast faster transactional speeds and improved performance with 2-socket (BL860c i4 and RX2800 i4), 4-socket (HP BL870c i4) and 8-socket (HP BL890c i4) blade and rack options. The faster transactional speeds are possible thanks to the new Intel Itanium 9500 series processors.

Designed to work with the HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure, the new HP Integrity i4 blade servers offer never-before-seen flexibility through electrically-isolated hard-partitioning capabilities. Not only does this provide workload flexibility, but exceptional fault tolerance as well. Other shiny, new benefits offered by HP Integrity i4 servers include enhanced scalability, efficiency and availability.

The new HP Integrity i4 rack server is designed to handle mission-critical workloads with performance enhancements of up to 3x its predecessor. Featuring HP Virtual Partitions technology, RX2800 i4 rack servers allow rack-based datacenters and branch offices to do more with a small space and energy footprint. RX2800 i4 servers also offer disaster recovery capabilities and reduced software licensing expenses.

Not only do the servers offer exciting features, but the HP-UX software itself has also been refreshed. The HP-UX software now offers the ability to optimize the resource allocation of your datacenter as well as quicker threat detection through enhanced security and management features. So, if you run HP Integrity servers, now just might be the time to hop on the refresh train and take a look at your datacenter. After all, the holidays ARE the perfect time to pick up some shiny new toys. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How-To: Step 1 of Your Private Cloud Journey

While clouds are all the rage – who knew some condensed water would ever get this popular? – you might not know where to start developing a cloud infrastructure of your very own. But good news on that front – today is your lucky day. We’re here to help guide you on your cloud journey.

Where should you start?  Should you choose a private, public or a hybrid approach?  Is out-sourcing less critical functions and building out an existing infrastructure the right hybrid cloud model for your organization?  We are focused on helping organizations deliver IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and we can help you find the right answers to these questions. 

First off, in building your next generation data center, it’s important to create a customized private cloud solution in order to take full advantages of the multi-tenancy, agility, availability, and scalability benefits that private clouds offer.  To begin developing your private cloud, you need the crucial elements that make up a private cloud: shared storage, network infrastructure, high compute servers (virtualized preferably), and most importantly, cloud-optimized software. To let you in on a secret, it’s the software that really takes the hardware and turns into a true private cloud solution.

HP and VMware lead the pack in providing comprehensive, easy-to-manage, converged  infrastructure products that make your cloud deployment virtually turn-key. The 5 distinct layers of this private cloud solution are the hypervisor, advanced management, and standardized hardware including servers, networking, and storage. Additional elements that are essential building blocks for your private cloud include self-service portals, policy-based controls, targeted independence, elasticity and automated deployment and maintenance.

Once you are aware of all of these features, then you can began developing your in-house cloud with the help of a solutions provider such as Great Lakes Computer with your eyes wide open.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New FlashCopy/VolumeCopy Promotion For Your IBM DS3500

Do you have an IBM TotalStorage DS3500 storage system in your datacenter? Thanks to a limited time promotion running from November 1, 2012 – December 31st, 2012, you can now add FlashCopy/VolumeCopy to your DS3500 at no additional cost. And if you’re like me, always forgetting to take advantage of a promotion that you don’t have to shell out cash for, here’s why you should actually make a point to fill out the form and send it in:
  1. Create point-in-time images for fast recovery from data corruption and errors
  2. Create images for backups in seconds
  3. Create Volume Copies for use in testing and development or as full backup copies
  4. Simplified migration from traditional RAID arrays to new Dynamic Disk Pools
So if any of these mean anything to you (let alone the thrill of getting something that typically costs $4100 for $0) take a minute to fill out this super-simple, 7 question form and start the process towards your very own FlashCopy/VolumeCopy feature key.