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 www.crn.com/techelite250.

 

 


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
jminnix@vplssolutions.com

 


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. www.thechannelco.com

 

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Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
(508) 416-1195
mturpin@thechannelco.com

VPLS Solutions Achieves Gold Certification Status from Nimble Storage

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Orange, CA – March 7, 2017 – VPLS Solutions, a premier technology integrator and cloud service provider, today announced it was awarded Gold Certification Status from Nimble Storage.  Gold Certification is reserved for Nimble resellers with the greatest degree of expertise across the Nimble product portfolio with a measurably high level of product competency.

 

VPLS Solutions has been a committed Nimble Storage partner since 2012.  VPLS Solutions’ team of engineers has deployed Nimble Storage products for dozens of clients across Southern California.  VPLS Solutions has also demonstrated mastery in the integration of Nimble Storage solutions with Nimble Alliance partner products including Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Veeam and VMware.  Finally, VPLS Solutions has built a unique Nimble Storage as a Service offering allowing our clients to replicate their Nimble data to VPLS’s Nimble arrays in geographically diverse data centers located in El Segundo, CA, Phoenix, AZ and Ashburn, VA.

 

Nimble Storage is the leader in predictive cloud infrastructure, enabling customers to experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. The Nimble Storage Predictive Cloud Platform offers All Flash arrays and Adaptive Flash (Hybrid) arrays – all of which are supported by InfoSight Predictive Analytics.

 

The Nimble Predictive Cloud Platform provides fast, reliable access to data. By combining predictive analytics with all flash storage, Nimble frees businesses from infrastructure constraints. Over 10,000 customers use Nimble for their on-premise private clouds, SaaS and managed services. The Nimble Predictive Flash platform combines the All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays into a single consolidation architecture with common data services. Since Nimble All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays run the same NimbleOS, and management and functionality are identical, arrays can be seamlessly clustered and managed as a single entity. InfoSight Predictive Analytics predicts and prevents performance issues across the infrastructure stack before they occur.

 

“VPLS Solutions is honored to achieve Gold Certification with Nimble Storage,” said John Minnix, Co-Founder of VPLS Solutions.  “Nimble continues to offer our clients the All-Flash storage technology on the market allowing our clients to greatly improve performance while recognizing substantial savings in operational costs.”

 

“At Nimble Storage, we are committed to providing our partners with a combination of best-in-class storage solutions and comprehensive enablement resources, which we believe will prove invaluable in bringing the Nimble Predictive Cloud Platform to enterprises worldwide,” said Leonard Iventosch, vice president of worldwide channels at Nimble Storage. “We know that the success of our organization is dependent on our partners’ ability to successfully and independently sell our products and solutions. Because of this, we’ve fostered a global network of partners to provide enterprises access to our innovative storage solutions.”

 

About VPLS Solutions, LLC

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 nine 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 Cloud Connect Provider, and a Nimble Storage Gold Partner.  We also have partnerships with Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Dell, Exagrid, HP, Huawei, Infoblox, Palo Alto Networks, Ruckus, Supermicro, VMware, Zerto and more.

 

John Minnix

VPLS Solutions, LLC

(213) 406-9080

jminnix@vplssolutions.com

El Segundo USD Board of Education to Tour VPLS Data Center

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Members of the El Segundo Unified School District Board of Education will participate in a tour of VPLS Data Center located at 2260 E. El Segundo Blvd. El Segundo with Dr. Melissa Moore, Superintendent, Danny Gauna, Director of Information Technology, and representatives from VPLS. VPLS Representatives will share information for Board consideration proposing an off site option for hosting ESUSD Data. A special presentation reviewing components of the proposal is scheduled at the February 28th Board meeting.

Brocade’s newest addition- ICX 7150

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On December 7th, Brocade publicly announced the latest addition to their campus LAN Ethernet switching portfolio, the Brocade ICX 7150.  The ICX 7150 is an entry-level campus switch with an entry-level price point to match.  The ICX 7150 fills a gap at the lower end of the price / performance spectrum for Brocade and allows Brocade to offer their products to a larger number of customers and for a broader spectrum of use cases.  The built in and field upgradeable 4 ports of 10 Gig, the ability to stack up to 8 units in a single stack with 320 Gigs of aggregated stacking bandwidth, and full PoE on all ports offers an enterprise feature set for what promises to be an extremely competitive price.

The ICX 7150 is available in three port density configurations:  12, 24 and 48 port 10/100/1000 models with 1 Gig / 10 Gig stacking or uplink ports.  It also offers both PoE and PoE+ for customers looking to power Ruckus APs, VoIP phones, surveillance equipment or other network devices.

The ICX 7150-C12P is especially interesting.  This compact, 12 port switch, offers PoE on all ports.  In addition, it is fanless, which opens up many use cases in noise sensitive environments like classrooms, retails stores and small offices.  The ICX 7150-C12P promises to quickly become one of Brocade’s highest selling products.

An expanded list of features for the ICX 7150 are as follows:

  • Brocade Assurance Warranty with next business day advanced hardware replacement for three years after purchase and lifetime software patches and maintenance updates.
  • Plug and play operations for powered devices via LLDP and LLDP-MED protocols.
  • Simplified, automated deployment with auto-configuration.
  • Base Layer 3 capabilities with support for static routes and RIP.  Full Layer 3 upgrade license to follow shortly after release.
  • Hot insertion and removal of stack members.
  • sFlow based network monitoring.
  • Software upgradeable uplink / stacking ports from 1 Gig to 10 Gig.
  • SDN and OpenFlow support.
  • Unified wired / wireless network management with Brocade Network Advisor.

The ICX 7150 joins its cousins, the ICX 7250, ICX 7450 and ICX 7750, in Brocade’s line of campus switches.  The ICX 7150 will be generally available to customers on February 20th, 2017.

VPLS Solutions, LLC Recognized on 2016 CRN Next-Gen 250 List

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Annual List Features Trailblazing Solution Providers Transforming Business with Emerging Technologies

Orange, CA, November 7, 2016 – VPLS Solutions, LLC, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named VPLS Solutions to its 2016 Next-Gen 250 list. The annual list recognizes standout IT solution providers who have successfully transformed their businesses to meet the demands of emerging technologies such as cloud computing, unified communications, virtualization, mobility, business analytics and business intelligence. These solution providers, all in business for fewer than 20 years, have adapted to an evolving marketplace with a notable penchant for bringing key technologies to their clients before they become mainstream.

Over the past four years, VPLS Solutions has grown rapidly through the sale of technology solutions and implementation services for enterprises, schools, governments and hospitals. In addition, the launch of both a Nimble Storage Replication Service and a Veaam Virtual Machine Data Backup and Replication Service to nine geographically diverse data centers in Southern California, Arizona, Virginia and Asia have been differentiators in the marketplace. Finally, VPLS Solutions’ Wireless Optimization Service has proven to be a popular solution for customers looking to improve or expand wireless coverage.

“VPLS Solutions is honored to be listed on CRN’s Next-Gen 250 list for 2016.  This is further validation of VPLS Solutions’ strategy for continuous innovation, as well as the superior level of expertise we offer our customers.” said John Minnix, Co-Founder of VPLS Solutions.

“The solution providers on our Next-Gen 250 list are ahead of the curve when it comes to working with emerging technologies and building successful practice areas around them,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “These remarkably agile companies, both established enterprises and new ones, were among the first to architect innovative solutions to meet a brand new set of customer needs. We congratulate the honorees named to this exclusive list and look forward to seeing what other innovations they have in store.”

A sampling of the Next-Gen 250 list will be featured in the December issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/next-gen250 and through the CRN Tech News Tablet App for iPad and Windows 8.

 

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About VPLS Solutions, LLC

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 Cloud Connect Provider, and a Nimble Storage Silver 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
jminnix@vplssolutions.com

 


 

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. www.thechannelco.com

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Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
(508) 416-1195
mturpin@thechannelco.com

Cable Management: The VPLS Difference

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Structured cabling and cable management are important, but often overlooked, components of a stable, reliable network.  Networks with disorganized cabling are difficult to troubleshoot.  Cumbersome cables also make it difficult to install new network devices.  Finally, when executives see a jumbled mess of cables in the data center, it can reflect poorly on management’s view of the IT department.

Organizing cabling in your data center or wiring closet can be a challenging and time consuming task.  VPLS Solutions’ team of structured cabling experts can give your data center the clean and organized look you are hoping for at an affordable cost and with little downtime.  VPLS Solutions will leave you with a clean, labeled rack, as well as updated network diagrams.  We are experts at cabling new network deployments, or cleaning up existing cabling installs.  We have addressed cabling challenges at corporate offices, data centers, schools and government facilities.  Our team of structured cabling experts can help you pick the right accessories such as horizontal and vertical cable managers, racks, switch enclosures, UPS units, and cable types and lengths.  Please contact the experts at VPLS Solutions to schedule an assessment of your structured cabling.

NASPO Government Purchasing Solutions From VPLS

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The technology purchasing process for public institutions like state and local governments and school districts can be challenging.  There is often a need to purchase products and services in an expedited fashion to meet technology objectives.  Public bidding and RFP requirements can slow the purchasing process and delay deployment schedules, however.

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (or NASPO) has established a ValuePoint Master Agreement to allow government agencies to purchase technology products and services at a competitive and pre-negotiated price.  NASPO merged its Western States Contracting Alliance (or WSCA) with NASPO in January 2013 thus forming a national cooperative purchasing organization.  NASPO allows government agencies to purchase without bid with the comfortable knowledge that they are getting a competitive price negotiated by a national agency.

VPLS Solutions is proud to offer our California-based government clients products and services through NASPO ValuePoint.  For the past four years, VPLS Solutions has been listed on Brocade’s NASPO ValuePoint Contract (contract number AR214) for hardware, software and support sales.  VPLS Solutions is also one of a very few Brocade partners that can also offer Brocade installation services through the NASPO ValuePoint contract.  This honor is a testament to the engineering expertise VPLS has demonstrated in Brocade products.

As of 2016, VPLS Solutions is also an approved reseller for Nimble Storage solutions through the NASPO ValuePoint contract (contract number MNWNC-122), making us one of only seven approved Nimble Storage NASPO ValuePoint partners in California.  In addition, VPLS Solutions also offers a unique Nimble Storage replication service that governments and schools can leverage to replicate their Nimble data to VPLS’s Nimble cloud.

Contact us to learn how we can help you with all of your Brocade and Nimble Storage NASPO ValuePoint needs.