Recognized on CRNs MSP 500

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.

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Blog: Fortinet Firewalls

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.

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Ruckus ICX 7650


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.

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Recognized on 2017 CRN Next-Gen 250 List

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.

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VPLS Solutions Expands Services To Hawaii

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 to learn more.

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

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 to learn how VPLS Solutions can help make your corporate IT a competitive advantage.

FortiManager & FortiAnalyzer 5.6 release

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

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.


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, or call 213-406-9080 today.

Platinum Status with Fortinet

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