Thursday, April 25, 2013

Veeam: Designed for VMware and Hyper-V

As a Veeam partner, Great Lakes Computer is excited to share the many benefits that Veeam software can provide your virtualized environment. In fact, for those looking to simplify their backup and recovery for VMware, Hyper-V, or even mixed virtual environments, Veeam is the number one choice in the market.

An agentless, software-based solution, Veeam provides backup and replication for both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. Powerful and easy-to-use, Veeam Backup & Replication 7 allows you to save time and eliminate risk, while meeting stringent Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs).

By delivering image-based backup, Veeam is able to provide quicker, more efficient VM backup and recovery of an entire VM, file, or application item. Combined with industry-leading features such as instant VM recovery, granular file and application recovery and more, Veeam allows you to backup every VM every day, reducing backup and recovery times by up to 95%.

Leveraging a virtualization-specific approach, Veeam also offers offsite backup to the cloud through Veaam Backup and Replication Cloud Edition, for a viable alternative to tape that is both easily accessible and reliable. Not to say that tape backup isn’t an option – the recently released Veeam Backup & Replication v7 offers three options for archiving Veeam backups – disk, cloud and tape.

Veeam is licensed per CPU socket and doesn’t deal with per-application or per-VM fees, allowing for a cost-effective approach to obtaining the most comprehensive protection of your virtualized environment. This is because Veeam includes backup, replication, de-duplication, multi-hypervisor support, and centralized management.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Juniper's New EX9200 Programmable Switch

Juniper Networks recently introduced the EX9200 as the newest member of their EX-series family of high-performance Ethernet switches. Targeted towards rising industry trends, the Juniper EX9200 Programmable Switch is designed to support both current and future Software-Defined Networking (SDN) interfaces and protocols.

Featuring multiple chassis and line card options, the EX9204 offers 4 slots in a 6U chassis, the EX9208 offers 8 slots in an 8U chassis, and the EX9214 offers 14 slots in a 16U chassis. Each chassis option offered by the Juniper EX9200 switch series can accommodate any combination of the available line cards. They will also feature built-in support for 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interface cards as soon as they become available.

A fully configured single EX9214 switch can support up to 320 10GbE ports as well as featuring a maximum 240 Gbps (full duplex) per slot. Featuring a pass-through midplane design, with support for up to 13.2 Tbps, all EX9200 chassis feature support for redundant Routing Engine and Switch Fabric modules.

In addition to its scalable, future-ready performance, the programmability offered by the Juniper EX9200 delivers an entirely new level of investment protection, since network operators will now have the flexibility to add in future services with a minimal need for hardware upgrades. As a result, network operators will be able to quickly respond to business changes for enhanced business agility.

The Virtual Chassis architecture of the EX9200 switch simplifies existing network infrastructures by reducing the required network devices and layers by up to 50%. This allows for easy deployment and operation of applications including server virtualization, cloud computing, and more across campus and datacenter environments. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

IBM and Big Data: So Happy Together

While trends like cloud computing and BYOD are a challenge to the status quo, big data is actually a boon to existing infrastructures since it relies primarily on the data already in an organization’s system. So for big technology manufacturers with legacy business, such as IBM, this trend is their newest and dearest friend.

In order to capitalize on big data, IBM has announced a series of technologies centered on enhancing data analysis.  And with the exponential growth of data, many corporations will produce a sign of relief when they hear about these new IBM offerings.

The new IBM technologies include an analysis accelerator that will speed up data analytics reports, and a Big Data appliance. The Big Data appliance will feature a combination of hardware and software that will allow companies to ask question and actually get automated answers from their own data.

Some of the ways in which the more powerful and efficient analysis of big data will be a big help to large business will be through: more thorough customer understanding, improved security threat and fraud detection, increased IT operational efficiency, simple incorporation of new data sources, and analysis of data from additional networked equipment.

In general, the new data analysis technologies offered by IBM will prove beneficial for companies of any industry with years of data to analyze and IT infrastructures that extend across remote offices, multiple locations, and various networks. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Migration Paths from Oracle to HP

Choosing the right path for migrating from Oracle Sun to an HP platform can be difficult. Luckily, each migration path that HP offers provides flexibility for unique environments. The three major migration paths are:  HP-UX 11i on HP Integrity, Linux on HP ProLiant, and Windows on HP ProLiant.

  1. HP-UX 11i on HP Integrity – This path is most appropriate for users who would like to consolidate older SPARC environments or upgrade their applications and databases, while maintaining certain service levels. Through this migration path, users can preserve UNIX skills and software assets, enhance their utilization, and simplify and automate management and processes for a more agile (but still UNIX) enterprise environment. 
  2. Linux on HP ProLiant – Since they share many similarities, Linux is a great choice for those currently running a Solaris OS, because it offers a UNIX-like OS but provides the stability and broad-based support of an open-source platform. Also an extremely cost-effective option, this migration path includes Linux QA testing, Insight control suite for Linux, ProLiant Support Pack for manageability, and Solaris-to-Linux porting kit. 
  3. Windows on HP ProLiant – Due to a strong relationship with Microsoft, HP is able to offer strong support for Windows environments. Also offering backward compatibility with UNIX via a small selection of native UNIX utilities for Windows, this migration path offers cost-savings and stability on industry-standard HP ProLiant servers. 

Through these various migration paths, HP makes the transition from a UNIX environment to standardization on a Windows or Linux OS as painless as possible. Not only is it painless, but these migration platforms provide your environment with significantly improved price performance and stability.