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SD-WAN vs MPLS – A Meraki Lesson Learned

SD-WAN vs MPLS
This is a lesson on how doing things the way they have always been done can negatively impact your business. While building the Communications Practice  at MicroAge, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with hundreds (if not thousands) of different organizations about their individual approaches to the wide area network and as of late I’ve seen…Read More

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its Impact on US Businesses

General Data Protection Regulation Pseudonymization
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to streamline and formalize data privacy laws across Europe, protect all EU citizens’ data privacy regardless of location, and reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy. With that said, why is it so important to be aware of GDPR in the United States? All…Read More

Veeam Availability Suite v10 and What It Means For Your Business

I just recently returned from Veeam's annual conference, VeeamON, and one message was prevalent: Veeam is looking to put more emphasis and focus on their cloud and physical environment offerings. The big announcement they left us with was Version 10 of their already industry leading Availability Suite solution which will be generally available late 2017. While we…Read More

The Evolution of Data Center Switching

Evolution of Data Center Switching
The data center has experienced rapid growth in technological innovation; from simple virtualization to a true software-defined data center. With this change, there has been an evolution of the network infrastructure that allows all of the pieces to communicate. We are seeing a change from the traditional three-tier architecture to a spine-and-leaf topology. Below I've…Read More

Cisco’s Contribution to the Evolving SD-WAN Market

Cisco Acquire Viptela
The challenges. Over the last 6 months the SD-WAN landscape has changed dramatically and will continue  to evolve as capital investments, strategic planning, and even acquisitions occur. The recent Cisco headlines are really just the start. Until recently, Cisco has been the predominant leader when discussing the WAN edge, but as pure play SD-WAN providers…Read More

Dell EMC Unity: The New Face of Midrange Storage

Originally published May 2nd, 2016.  Updated April 27th, 2017. The Dell EMC Unity platform is set to change the game for midrange storage. It reaches beyond enterprise solutions, as Dell EMC has designed a simple, flexible storage solution for small to medium-size businesses. Unity replaced the VNX series as the Dell EMC's flagship endeavor, offering significant savings in…Read More

Backups and Their Role in Your Security Strategy

First off, I’m not a subject matter expert in backup or security. Thankfully I lead a team of individuals with specialized expertise in both areas that can help discuss, build, and facilitate solutions to meet your business requirements.  With that said, the interrelationship of backups and security becomes more and more evident everyday. Backups play…Read More

VMware Announces Intent to Sell vCloud Air Business

OVH Group Acquire VMware vCloud Air
As of this morning, VMware has announced that it will be selling it’s public cloud offering, vCloud Air, to OVH Group.  With the recent announcement of the software giant’s partnership with AWS, this is less than surprising as the company looks to move away from their self-supported public cloud offering.  This bodes well for not…Read More

How to Get the Best Data Compression Ratio for Your Veeam Environment

Data compression ratio
Today we’re continuously trying to stretch our dollar and our investments. Doing more with less seems to be the common theme, particularly in IT. With the current explosive growth of data, and its exponential growth trajectory, how do we expect to keep up? If you’ve already invested in Veeam for protecting, backing up, and recovering…Read More

Guide to Conceptualizing a Disaster Recovery Plan – Part 2

Disaster Recovery Goals
In Part 1 of this series, I presented how assessing and addressing potential problems and understanding the business impact is a critical first step in defining a disaster recovery plan. So, what’s next you might ask? Establishing your recovery goals to fit your business needs. "But Dale, how do I properly define my recovery goals if I’m…Read More