The Aruba 8400

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The Aruba 8400 core switch has arrived! With the shift to a digital era, it is time to change the core to allow more visibility and automation. The real game changer is the new operating system, the ArubaOS-CX, designed to simplify and automate critical and complex network tasks.

Top reasons why it is a “game changer”:

  • Supports policy-based integration with network monitoring, performance and security management tools
  • Allows network operators to see more, know more, and act faster
  • With its built-in Network Analytics Engine, it saves you time by giving you better visibility

Want to bring your network infrastructure to the next level, Contact Us!

Opengear Console Server

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Looking for a replacement for the Cisco ISR 2900 Out-of-Band Solution? If you are, then you need to look at the Opengear CM7196A- a 96 port console server.  A server with integrated SFP, 1U form factor, and integrated Cisco pin-outs. In addition to this, it also features Smart OOB (Out-Of-Band) console management.  You can seamlessly integrate this unit into a new or existing data center.  Opengear products are engineered to work along a wide array of products including Cisco.

Although Cisco recommends the ISR4xxx series as the replacement for the ISR2900, a single unit from Opengear may be a more effective solution, offering 32, 48, and 96 ports.

To learn how VPLS Solutions  can help your company, please contact us!

How to Protect Yourself from WannaCry

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A ransomware called WannaCry (or Wcry, WanaCrypt0r, WannaCrypt, Wana Decrypt0r) has been leaked online and is spreading rapidly across the globe. WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1) protocol.  Products at risk include Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server Core installation option.  Microsoft released Critical Security Patch MS17-010 to resolve vulnerabilities in SMBv1 protocol effecting all Microsoft Windows versions from Vista to Windows Server 2016 and Server Core versions.

 We are advising all of our clients to apply the patch immediately.  Additionally, our partners at Fortinet, AlienVault, Webroot and others have been leading the way in protecting clients from ransomware attacks including WannaCry.  Please contact VPLS Solutions today with assistance in improving your security posture.

VPLS Solutions Recognized on CRN’s 2017 Tech Elite 250 list

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VPLS Solutions Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers with deep technical expertise and premier certifications


Orange, CA, March 28, 2017 – VPLS Solutions announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named VPLS Solutions to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.


To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.


“Being elected to CRN’s Elite 250 list is an honor. The credit goes to our world class engineering team whose time and dedication spent mastering the newest technologies helps VPLS Solutions and our customers stay ahead of the curve.” said John Minnix, Co-Founder of VPLS Solutions.


“This exclusive, ambitious group of solution providers boasts some of the most advanced IT certifications available from top technology suppliers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They have adapted impressively to major changes in the IT channel, especially the shift to a more services-driven market, by expanding their skill sets and sharpening both their technical and customer service expertise. Congratulations to our 2017 list, whose robust investment in their organizations has earned them yet another elite designation—the CRN Tech Elite 250.”


Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at



About VPLS Solutions

VPLS Solutions, LLC is a premier technology solutions provider and systems integrator, and the solutions provider arm of the VPLS Group of Companies. VPLS Solutions is not your typical technology reseller. We own and manage our own large, private, carrier-grade network and operate five geographically diverse data centers. Our 18+ years of carrier heritage make us the perfect partner for your public, private or hybrid cloud needs, and your most complex network and data center challenges. VPLS Solutions is an Elite Brocade partner, a Fortinet Gold Partner and Managed Service Provider, a Veeam Gold Partner and Gold Cloud Connect Provider, and a Nimble Storage Gold Partner. We also have partnerships with Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Datrium, Dell, Exagrid, HP, Huawei, Infoblox, Palo Alto Networks, Ruckus, Supermicro, VMware, Zerto and more.

John Minnix
VPLS Solutions, LLC
(213) 406-9080


About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.


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The Channel Company Contact:

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The Channel Company
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