Recognized on CRNs MSP 500

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VPLS Solutions Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

Orange, CA February 20, 2018VPLS Solutions announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named VPLS Solutions to its 2018 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

In today’s fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations.

The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premises and off-premises services; and the Managed Security 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premise, cloud-based security services.

“Managed service providers have become integral to the success of businesses everywhere, both large and small,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Capable MSPs enable companies to take their cloud computing to the next level, streamline spending, effectively allocate limited resources and navigate the vast field of available technologies. The companies on CRN’s 2018 MSP 500 list stand out for their innovative services, excellence in adapting to customers’ changing needs and demonstrated ability to help businesses get the most out of their IT investments.”

“Our focus in 2017 was building an MSP practice worthy of our great customers”, said John Minnix, Co-Founder of VPLS Solutions. “Being recognized on CRN’s 2018 MSP 500 list is a testament to our team’s efforts. 2018 is going to be a huge year for our managed services practice.”

The MSP500 list will be featured in the February 2018 issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/msp500.

 


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

Copyright ©2018. The Channel Company, LLC. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Channel Company Contact:
Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
508.416.1195
mturpin@thechannelco.com

Blog: Fortinet Firewalls

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Top Rated for security and performance

Although the phrase “Human Firewall” has a nice ring to it, leaving our network’s security in the hands of our employees should be the last resort. With cybercriminals launching new and more sophisticated attacks, we need a security posture that keeps our networks protected. Fortinet offers a robust line of Next Generation Firewalls and a broad Security Fabric providing a single pane of glass for configuring Unified Threat Management to keep up with the ever-changing Cyber Security Threat Landscape. Gartner, a leading research and advisory company, named Fortinet a “Leader” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise firewalls. Fortinet’s broad portfolio of products means that there is a Fortinet product that is sized for any need from branch office to data center.

Fortinet’s FortiGate products are the core of the Fortinet Security Fabric, defending against known and unknown attacks to provide network security across the entire attack surface. With powerful intrusion prevention, application control and anti-malware intelligence, the FortiGate firewall allows you to look deeper into your content, applications, user and device behavior. Rich console views and reports, together with a flexible policy engine, provide the visibility and control you need to empower employees yet secure your enterprise. As opposed to traditional firewalls, the FortiGate can be tied into Active Directory to not only track user activity via IP but via domain and username. This is extremely useful when monitoring user activity on authenticated devices. The FortiGate doesn’t just stop here though, policy configuration can be modified to a way to enforce Network Access Control forcing anyone on the network to authenticate against the domain.

In a recent test results blog post, the FortiGate 7060E & 3000D earned a Recommended rating and high security effectiveness scores at 97.9% and 98% in the Security Value Map. NSS Labs, recognized globally as the most trusted source for independent, fact-based cybersecurity guidance also has recognized Fortinet for its superior performance in the IT Security Field. Vikram Phatak, CEO of NSS Labs stated “NSS Labs is focused on empowering enterprises to make informed decisions based on independent real-world testing results. We applaud Fortinet’s commitment to third-party testing. Fortinet’s Recommended rating in our 2017 NGIPS Group Test makes them a great option for any business looking to strengthen their security architecture.”

Fortinet’s Security Fabric extends security beyond the FortiGate firewall to a broad array of Fortinet solutions. Commonly purchased solutions by VPLS Solutions’ customers include Secure Switching (FortiSwitch), Secure Wi-Fi (FortiAP), SIEM (FortiSIEM), Endpoint Security (FortiClient) and more. When combined with the FortiGate firewall, security policies can be pushed down to the network edge, and even the client, to insure uniform conformity to company security standards.

If network security is an important focus for your organization, VPLS Solutions would highly recommend Fortinet’s FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls and Fortinet’s broader Security Fabric. VPLS Solutions is a Platinum Fortinet partner, Fortinet’s highest partner status level, with numerous Fortinet certified personnel on staff. Additionally, VPLS Solutions has a Fortinet NSE 8 on staff. The NSE 8 is the highest Fortinet certification and VPLS Solutions is the first Fortinet partner to have an engineer with the NSE 8 certification. Let VPLS Solutions’ team of certified engineering professionals assist you with your next firewall implementation. For more information, please fill out the form below. We look forward to partnering with you.

 


Ruckus ICX 7650

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Ruckus ICX 7650-  The Campus Fabric of the Future

The Ruckus Campus Fabric is efficient, cost effective and flexible. The game changer? The new Ruckus ICX 7650.

The Ruckus ICX 7650 comes in a variety of models giving it the ability to serve as a high-end campus edge switch, or medium sized data center or enterprise core. The Ruckus ICX 7650-48P comes with 48 10/100/1000 RJ-45 PoE+ ports with 8 of those ports supporting UPoE and PoH. It can stack leveraging 4 x 40G ports or, more impressively, leveraging dual 100 Gig QSFP ports. Additionally, there is an added slot for a 2 x 40G or 4 x 10G uplink module.

The Ruckus ICX 7650-48ZP is where things really get exciting. It offers 24 x 10/100/1000 RJ-45 PoE+ ports, but adds 24 ports of 100 Mbps, 1 Gbs, 2.5 Gbps, 5 Gbps or 10 Gbps all offering PoE+, PoH or UPoE. The 7650-48ZP is a nice competitive answer to some of the newer products from Aruba such as the 8320 and 3810 that blazed the trail with multi-Gig port flexibility in mid-2017. The flexibility these new multi-Gig products offer is great for customers whose needs might evolve over the life of the product. Also, clients looking towards the future 802.11ax standard will enjoy the flexibility offered by 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps ports. And, just being able to plug in devices, be it 1 Gig, 2.5 Gig, 5 Gig or 10 Gig and not have to worry about what port to plug it into just makes things a lot easier for network managers.

The Ruckus ICX 7650-48F is the fiber version of the 7650. It offers 24 100/1000 SFP ports and 24 x 1 Gbps / 10 Gbps ports. The same 40G and 100G stacking and uplink module options are offered on the 7650-48F, as well.

The Ruckus 7650 provides all the standard features you might expect in a switch of this class. These include redundant / hot-swappable power supplies, a reasonable PoE budget of 1500W, and support for common protocols. There are a few additional features the team at VPLS Solutions is excited about:

Stacking
The Ruckus 7650 offers the ability to stack using standard Ethernet ports. This saves customers from having to purchase proprietary stacking cables or modules. Although modules are offered for higher 40G and 100G speeds, they are not required.

There are also several enhancements in the stacking architecture that allow for greater availability. In service upgrades, hitless stack failover from master to standby stack controller is a great feature. Hot insertion and removal stacked units also allows for network admins to add and remove switches more conveniently. The 7650 stacks up to 12 units.

Routing
The 7650 offers advanced L3 IP routing protocols including 128K IPv4 and 7K IPv6 BGP routes. While not the 1M or 2M BGP routes seen in carrier focused products, these numbers are sufficient for most medium enterprise cores or data centers.

Going Green
The Ruckus ICX 7650 Switch supports the IEEE 802.3az standard for Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), reducing power consumption during periods of low utilization. Ports are placed into a low power mode when no data is being transmitted. This could be as simple as placing ports in low power mode during holidays and non-work hours. Think of the substantial power savings.

All in all, the VPLS Solutions team is excited about the new Ruckus 7650. Our Orange County, CA, Los Angeles, CA and San Diego, CA based engineers have most Ruckus ICX expertise in the industry. If you would like to learn more about the ICX 7650 or set up a consultation about network infrastructure upgrades generally, we would love to hear from you. For more information, please fill out the form below. We look forward to partnering with you.

 


Recognized on 2017 CRN Next-Gen 250 List

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VPLS Solutions Recognized on 2017 CRN Next-Gen 250 List
Annual List Features Trailblazing Solution Providers Transforming Business with Emerging Technologies

Orange, CA November 13, 2017VPLS Solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named to its 2017 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, IoT, 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.

“It is a privilege to be listed among the great companies on CRN’s Next Gen 250 list. Our talented team works hard to deliver the most innovative IT solutions to our clients.” said John Minnix, Co-Founder of VPLS Solutions. “This recognition from CRN further validates our strategy and our technical capabilities.”

“This group of solution providers is leading the way when it comes to emerging technologies, bravely stepping into the uncharted territory of next-generation IT solutions ahead of their peers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Our 2017 Next-Gen 250 list is comprised of relatively new companies as well as established ones, all sharing the common thread of successful, trailblazing solutions designed to meet an unprecedented set of customer needs. We congratulate each team on its vision and contribution to the overall advancement of the IT channel.”

A sampling of the Next-Gen 250 list will be featured in the December issue of CRN. The complete list will be available online at www.crn.com/nextgen250.


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

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

VPLS Solutions Expands Services To Hawaii

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VPLS Solutions is excited to announce the expansion of our IT consultancy, managed service and cloud practice to Hawaii. Founded in Orange, CA, VPLS Solutions is one of Southern California’s premier managed service providers, cloud solutions providers and technology resellers with expertise in network security, network infrastructure, wireless, storage and cloud. VPLS Solutions’ expertise in enterprise, government, education and healthcare technology makes the Hawaiian market a logical area of expansion. VPLS Solutions’ cloud offering gives Hawaiian customers the ability to back up and replicate data to geographically diverse locations including El Segundo, CA, Phoenix, AZ and Ashburn, VA.

VPLS Solutions’ Hawaiian efforts will be led by Mike Wysocki. A resident of Maui, Hawaii, Mike has been selling IT solutions on the Hawaiian Islands for 9 years with sales leadership roles at Fortinet, F5 and SonicWALL. Mike joins VPLS Solutions after 10 years at Fortinet where he was Fortinet’s Account Manager for Hawaii. Please contact mwysocki@vplssolutions.com to learn more.

Free 60 Day Trial of FortiCASB

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Ranked #39 on OCBJ’s List of Fastest Growing Companies

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Orange, CA, October 4th, 2017 – VPLS Solutions, LLC, Southern California’s premier technology solutions provider, announced that it is ranked #39 in the Orange County Business Journal’s List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in Orange County , California for 2017. The list is based on a two year revenue growth percentage from June 30th, 2015 to June 30th, 2017 during which VPLS Solutions enjoyed 49.2% revenue growth.

“It is a great honor to be named to OC Business Journal’s List of Fastest Growing Companies for the second year in a row,” said John Minnix, Co-Founder of VPLS Solutions.  “Over the last 12 months, VPLS Solutions has invested in additional resources in our network infrastructure, wireless and security practices. We appreciate all of the trust our customers put in our team and we continue to work hard to make sure that trust is rewarded.”

 Over the past five years, VPLS Solutions has grown rapidly through the sale of technology solutions and implementation services for enterprises, schools, governments and hospitals with a strategic focus on servicing clients in Southern California.  Key practice areas include network infrastructure, network security, wireless, storage, servers and cloud technology.  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.  Please contact sales@vplssolutions.com to learn how VPLS Solutions can help make your corporate IT a competitive advantage.

FortiManager & FortiAnalyzer 5.6 release

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The FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer 5.6 release is out. Key features include one single console for all enterprise firewall use cases, complete and powerful network visibility via aggregated, action-oriented views with drill down visibility capability for the entire network, and real-time threat intelligence and actionable analytics via global IoC feeds. Contact us for a deeper dive.

Wireless – Cloud vs. Controller

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At one or multiple points during your IT career, a wireless upgrade is inevitable. When that time comes, one of the key questions is whether to use on-premise or cloud managed WiFi. The decision is dependent on your business type, wireless requirements, current network design and, a most commonly overlooked area, scalability for future growth.

So, what are on-premise and cloud managed wireless network infrastructures and how are they different?

On-premises WiFi

In the early stages of wireless, businesses created “hotspots” or “wifi zones” where users could access a wireless network. They were typically deployed in lobbies, conference rooms, break areas and areas where wired ports were scarce.

These WiFi Hotspots were typically a commercial grade wireless routers, or a wireless access points (APs) that were managed independently of one another. They had their time and worked well if the wireless requirements of the organization were minimal.

With the mass adoption of smart devices, wireless demand grew and businesses needed to have wireless signal throughout their campuses. For a network administrator, it was not practical to manage so many APs individually. Multiple SSID’s were required along with their separate authentication types. Users were not stationary and roaming between APs was a nightmare as there was no communication between APs. Due to these issues and more, the development of wireless LAN controllers began.

The hardware-based controller centralizes WLAN intelligence. It oversees network APs and provides insight into the WLAN. Network administrators can modify wireless channels, signal strength and AP assignments. Users can seamlessly roam between access points.  In addition, control-plane and data-plane traffic is routed back to the wireless controller before being placed on the local data LAN. Recently on-premise solutions have begun to offer both physical and virtual controller options with the virtual controllers being hosted inside the virtual server infrastructure.

Cloud Managed WiFi

Cloud managed WiFi is comprised of APs connected to a virtual controller hosted by your company, through the wireless manufacturer or by a third party hosting company like VPLS Solutions. AP management takes place between the virtual controller and the local APs over an internet connection. Authentication is handled at the access points and some vendors’ APs have Radius Proxy to query a Radius server local/remote for user authentication.

Comparison

The following table outlines some of the major differences between the on-premise and cloud managed WiFi:

On-premises Cloud-Managed
Equipment Requires APs on-site, along with controller hardware and possibly secondary controller for failover.  A manager appliance to oversee the controllers is recommended in some larger deployments. Requires APs on-site but the architecture is controller-less. Management is done in the cloud offering no single point of failure in a well architected solution.
Centralized Management Deploying a controller at each site isn’t practical in distributed networks, such as branch offices. Centralized monitoring is also difficult. Because they are controller-less, cloud- managed WiFi solutions are well-suited to geographically-dispersed businesses. They also perform management functions in the cloud. Businesses have a single point of management regardless of where IT staff is physically located.
Upgrades  If in a high-availability setup, downtime can be minimized. Once the controller is rebooted, the APs can stop servicing clients. The APs firmware is upgraded centrally from the controller upon a successful upgrade to the controller. AP firmware and OS upgrades can be handled on a site per site, or per AP basis as required. Little downtime, as AP upgrades can be scheduled. Virtual controllers can be upgraded in most cases, without affecting the wireless networks business wide.
Scalability Network expansion requires planning, additional equipment and license purchases. Can keep pace with business growth. Businesses also avoid the inefficiencies associated with unused capacity.
Installation and Management Rack space and power are requirements to keep in mind. APs must be local to controller or have access to the controller by means of site to site communication. Simplified Installation. In some cases, APs are preconfigured before being shipped to a remote site.
Cost Require upfront capital expenses. Sometimes even redundant licenses are required for a secondary controller in failover scenarios.  Usually, once the controller is purchased, however, the ongoing support cost is relatively modest. Many vendors have Monthly or Annual subscriptions unless hosted in your environment. The cost of the annual subscriptions can add up over time, so a longer term ROI should be evaluated.  Also, some vendors’ wireless APs do not function when the support subscription lapses.  Understanding the reoccurring costs and the ramifications around the licenses is an important evaluation criteria of cloud managed WiFi.

Deciding which solution is right for you depends on your business requirements, budget and the technology investments you have already made. Before you deploy a wireless network, you will need to evaluate the factors listed above.

VPLS Solutions offers a full range of wireless consulting services including active and passive site surveys, deployment, configuration and troubleshooting. To arrange a consultation, site survey or a demo, please email us at sales@vplssolutions.com, or call 213-406-9080 today.

Platinum Status with Fortinet

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Orange, CA – July 26, 2017 – VPLS Solutions, a premier technology integrator and cloud service provider, today announced it was awarded Platinum Partner status with Fortinet.  Platinum Partner status is reserved for Fortinet resellers with the greatest degree of expertise across the Fortinet product portfolio with a measurably high level of product competency and the highest volume of yearly Fortinet sales achievement.

VPLS Solutions has been a committed Fortinet partner since 2012.  VPLS Solutions’ team of engineers has deployed Fortinet products for dozens of clients across Southern California.  Finally, VPLS, Inc. relies on Fortinet products in its cloud division with over 100 Fortinet units deployed.

Fortinet is a global leader and innovator in Network Security and a recognized Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Fortinet’s mission is to deliver the most innovative, highest performing network security platform to secure and simplify your IT infrastructure. Fortinet is a provider of network security appliances and security subscription services for carriers, data centers, enterprises, distributed offices and MSSPs. Fortinet has a large, rapidly growing and highly satisfied customer base, including the majority of the Fortune Global 100, and they continue to set the pace in the Network Security market.

“VPLS Solutions is honored to achieve Platinum Certification with Fortinet,” said John Minnix, Co-Founder of VPLS Solutions.  “Fortinet has consistently been one of our best partners.  Their broad product portfolio, industry leading performance and competitive pricing have made Fortinet solutions an easy choice for our clients.”

 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 Platinum 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, Ruckus, Supermicro, VMware, Zerto and more.

John Minnix
VPLS Solutions, LLC
(213) 406-9080
jminnix@vplssolutions.com