Today, IT organizations assemble their data center environments from individual components. Their administrators spend significant amounts of time manually accomplishing basic integration tasks rather than focusing on more strategic, proactive initiatives. The industry is in a transition away from the rigid, inflexible platforms that result and moving toward more flexible, integrated, and virtualized environments.

The Cisco Unified Computing System™ is a next-generation data center platform that unites compute, network, storage access, and virtualization into a cohesive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility. The system integrates a low-latency, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified network fabric with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers. The system is an integrated, scalable, multichassis platform in which all resources participate in a unified management domain.

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Virtualization is changing the face of data centers everywhere, bringing increased economy and agility to organizations of all sizes. As business organizations recognize the degree to which virtualization brings a competitive advantage, they are looking for the most advanced, effective, and efficient virtualization solutions that can further increase their competitive advantage.

Industry leaders Cisco and VMware combine the Cisco Unified Computing System™ with VMware vSphere software to bring outstanding support for virtual environments, enabling rapid application and infrastructure deployment with heightened security, availability, and performance. The reduced complexity of the Cisco Unified Computing System, coupled with extensive management integration with VMware vCenter, leads to increased business agility, greater return on investment (ROI), and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

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Organizations of every type rely on the timely retrieval of information to facilitate transactions and decision making. While a typical organization is experiencing double-digit data growth, IT budgets, staffing, and traditional storage capabilities are not keeping pace. As a result, IT organizations are under constant pressure to employ more efficient storage strategies and increase the amount of data their staff can manage without additional headcount. Customers are looking to storage vendors for innovations to solve these challenges in the same way that server virtualization has enabled them to experience greater efficiency by pooling server resources and dynamically provisioning compute power according to business needs.

The EMC® VNX® family delivers industry-leading innovation and enterprise capabilities for file, block, and object storage in a scalable, easy-to-use solution. This next-generation storage platform combines powerful and flexible hardware with advanced efficiency, management, and protection software to meet the demanding needs of today’s enterprises. All of this is available in a choice of systems ranging from affordable entry-level solutions to high-performance, petabyte-capacity configurations servicing the most demanding application requirements. The VNX family includes the VNXe® series, purpose-built for the IT manager in smaller environments, and the VNX series, designed to meet the high-performance, high scalability requirements of midsize and large enterprises.

Introduction to the EMC VNX series
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As a company, you want to make sure your data is safe and accessible, even in the worst of situations. However, the reality of it is much more complex.
Simply put, at Infranet we focus on three main questions:

• ​What are you doing today?
• How much downtime can you afford?
• What is your budget?

We look closely at what your business does and how backup plays a role in it. From here we can really gauge the importance of backup for your specific company. The next step is to learn our client’s recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO). We see this time and again with customers who use solutions like tape. Sure, they backup a lot of info, then store it off site in a secure location. However when we speak to them about a Recovery Time Objective of under an hour suddenly they understand that this is nearly impossible.

The last step and many times the hardest part of the process is price. We must analyze in depth about how important it is from a business perspective. Downtime Calculators are used to help you understand what 8 hours of downtime looks like. A day of downtime. Even a week. These numbers get scary fast. For many customers they start to see how critical this is.

At Infranet we have a variety of solutions to address business continuity and backup needs, from file-level backup, complete server or workstation image backup, to full multiple data center mirroring (hot-site and cold-site).

With Infranet, worrying about recovering from a disaster is a thing of the past. Every engagement starts with a free consultation.

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Infranet’s I-Care Cloud Solution provides a cloud based infrastructure to supplement or complement a client’s premise based solutions. Not everything may be a right fit for the cloud. This is where the expertise of a service provider that know the premise and the cloud equally well, and can position the right solution for your need. Just a few of the benefits of IaaS include:

•Scalability; resource is available as and when the client needs it and, therefore, there are no delays in expanding capacity or the wastage of unused capacity

• No investment in hardware; the underlying physical hardware that supports an IaaS service is set up and maintained by the cloud provider, saving the time and cost of doing so on the client side

•Utility style costing; the service can be accessed on demand and the client only pays for the resource that they actually use

•Location independence; the service can usually be accessed from any location as long as there is an internet connection and the security protocol of the cloud allows it

•Physical security of data center locations; services available through a public cloud, or private clouds hosted externally with the cloud provider, benefit from the physical security afforded to the servers which are hosted within a data center

•No single point of failure; if one server or network switch, for example, were to fail, the broader service would be unaffected due to the remaining multitude of hardware resources and redundancy configurations. For many services if one entire data center were to go offline, never mind one server, the IaaS service could still run successfully.

“The VMware View virtual desktops are a hit at Polyquest! I find myself in need of more licenses.
Infranet has done a great job of assisting me from the very beginning of this project.”
Haresh Melwani, Polyquest