Hyperconvergence to the Rescue!

by kriley April 17, 2018

Hyperconvergence to the Rescue! 4 Ways to Consolidate for Rapid Recovery

Complexity isn’t the only problem caused by legacy infrastructures. Performing legacy backup and recovery is so time-consuming, it’s sometimes omitted and in worst cases not done at all, putting business continuity at risk. Only 68 percent of companies test backup weekly or monthly. Considering the mean cost of downtime is as high as $1.7 million and that 95 percent of enterprise had a data outage in the past 24 months, backup and recovery is mission-critical to corporate survival.

Consider these sobering facts …

  • 29 percent of hard drive failures are caused by accident
  • 60 percent of SMBs that lose data will close in six months
  • 58 percent of SMBs aren’t prepared for data loss

The fact, is, today’s businesses must be protected from all kinds of disruptions; including those from ransomware attacks, which cost companies $1 billion annually. The problem: It takes too long to manually backup and restore legacy infrastructure stacks. Perhaps that’s why only 42 percent of ransomware victims can successfully recover their data from backups. In fact, in 2016 a healthcare company lost two weeks of data because of a backup failure and in 2017, a police department lost eight years of data because of a backup occurred after an infection making recovery of the data impossible.

Hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) converges storage, servers, and networking components into a single appliance that can be more easily managed and protected. It’s a solution more small and midsize companies are turning to for infrastructure capacity and business continuity, and here’s why.

1. It speeds backup and recovery.

HCI consolidation eliminates much of the hardware complexity that makes backup and recovery so challenging. Continuity is as easy as backing up the single HCI appliance, instead of separate servers for every application. Products like HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, can reduce data center devices by 10:1. It can also increase staff productivity by 50 percent with built-in backup and replication that eliminates the need for manual intervention. A complete local backup or local restore of a 1 TB VM, for instance, can take as little as one minute to complete, which can save hours of backup management time per day; adding up to 24 hours a week.

2. It streamlines protection.

Your business has more endpoints in every corner, running applications and data that require multiple backup and recovery solutions. Data protection is integrated into the HCI compute/storage stack, so there’s no additional backup or recovery software to manage or buy. Using HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, for instance, 51 percent of customers were able to completely retire their use of third-party backup and recovery solutions — and 70 percent saw an improvement in their backup and recovery operations.

3. It requires less capacity.

One of the more challenging aspects of legacy backup and recovery is the massive amount of backup and recovery data. HCI systems like HPE SimpliVity feature always-on data deduplication and compression that saves 90 percent capacity across storage and backup. With less data to manage and store, freed-up capacity can speed local and remote backup and restoration tasks and overall deliver 52:1 improvement in data efficiency.

4. It’s easy on IT staff.

Workloads are dispersed here, there, and everywhere across cloud, virtualized, and on-premises infrastructure. Trying to backup so many discrete resources can quickly eat away at IT bandwidth — and the expertise required to ensure reliable recovery isn’t always guaranteed.  Appliances like HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, are designed to be deployed and managed by IT generalists; no special IT skills are required. Management and optimization of the infrastructure stack (including backup and recovery) can be performed with a few simple mouse clicks.   

Learn more and discover how ASI System Integration, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner, can deliver enterprise-class HCI performance with end-to-end app and data protection and resiliency.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise specializations include Platinum: Converged Infrastructure, Networking.

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for Hewlett Packard Enterprise products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. Hewlett Packard Enterprise shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

© 2018 ASI System Integration.

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4 HCI Fixes to Revive Infrastructure Capacity

by kriley April 17, 2018

4 HCI Fixes to Revive Infrastructure Capacity

Hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) is getting a lot of buzz and for a good reason: It consolidates and scales storage and compute resources with an agile platform solution that automates IT management and helps ensure that every IT dollar you spend delivers value to the business. It’s no wonder, then, that 50 percent of companies are considering a move to hyperconvergence. Yet with all the promise and potential of an HCI solution, how can you know if your business is ready to make the move? Here are four common IT problems (and fixes) that could point to the need for HCI:

1. You can’t advance digital transformation.

The race is on for infrastructure speed and agility to meet customer expectations for near instantaneous service delivery (you can thank the likes of Uber and Amazon for that). IDC estimates that digital transformation spending will increase 42 percent between 2017 and 2019 — hitting $1.7 trillion globally. In a world of lean startups disrupting market sectors, digital transformation is essential to positioning your company for competitive advantage.

HCI fix: Consolidate legacy and new technology investments into a single HCI solution to accelerate service delivery and simplify IT management. For instance, HCI solutions like HPE SimpliVity, built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server and powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, combine both IT infrastructure and advanced data services into a single, integrated, all-flash infrastructure that accelerates capacity while increasing staff productivity by 50 percent.

2. Your applications are outpacing your IT capacity.

It’s estimated that applications are growing 5 times faster than IT can deliver and managing the IT stack now consumes 80 percent of IT time and budget. Not only do cost and complexity eat away at your bottom line, but they also degrade the ROI of your application investments. Initiatives like VDI, DevOps, disaster recovery, and ROBO require bandwidth-hungry applications that can take a big bite out of legacy capacity.

HCI fix: HCI provides capacity on demand for any application demand — to support cloud, virtualized, tier-1, and mission-critical workloads. For example, HPE SimpliVity protects and accelerates applications with all-flash storage that delivers 2 times more performance and 50 percent less latency than competitor flash solution — and costs 20 percent less.

3. You’re struggling to manage a mix of cloud and on-premises capacity.

The efficiency of cloud is a game changer for growing companies looking for economy and scale. It’s no surprise to learn that more than $1 trillion of IT spend will likely shift to the cloud in the next five years, putting 90 percent of companies into a hybrid operating model by 2020. With cloud comes complexity — and insecurity — a challenge for growing companies that lack the skill to manage it.

HCI fix: HCI delivers the efficiency of cloud in a solution that keeps mission-critical data on premises. HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, can reduce public cloud costs by as much as 55 percent by bringing the economy of cloud together with the security and performance of an on-premises solution.

4. Your VMs are too complex and expensive

Supporting the increase in virtualized workloads can quickly lead to data center sprawl — and increased expense. Maintaining countless VM servers that require myriad tools to manage adds more cost than value to the business.

HCI fix: High-density HCI servers consolidate and combine server capacity to reduce hardware and ease management for virtualized workloads. HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, is bundled with VM management that can restore a 1 TB VM in under 60 seconds.

Learn more about how ASI System Integration, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner, can fix what’s broken in your infrastructure with an HCI solution customized to your needs.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise specializations include Platinum: Converged Infrastructure, Networking.

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for Hewlett Packard Enterprise products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. Hewlett Packard Enterprise shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

© 2018 ASI System Integration.

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Agilant Has a New Beat!

by kriley February 9, 2018

We Have a New Beat!

For over 30 years, we’ve worked hard to build solid infrastructures for our clients.  Today, we’re not only building, but managing what we build.  That means we’re still going to excel where we have been historically excellent, while also re-directing our vision toward managed solutions and services involving Cloud, Security, Mobility, and Big Data. Our enhanced suite of tools includes a fully integrated ticketing system for device tracking/inventory, applications & licensing, and network & endpoint management. The new beat of ASI is is a total business metamorphosis – new business models, new experts, new verticals such as healthcare, government, education and retail, and focused solutions. 

How Will This Affect My Business?

By now you've probably heard about our name change to Agilant Solutions, Inc. (ASI) and the opening of our new headquarter location in Port Washington, NY.  So how will this transition affect our working relationship?

The transition will be seamless for you!  Your organization will continue to receive the same dedicated and excellent service from the same faces, just under the new company name Agilant Solutions, Inc…”ASI.”   Whereas transitions often bring some newness, there are several things we want to point out that will not change:

  • You will continue to work with the same people in our firm you have in the past. All of our people are being retained in their current roles.
  • Our fee structures will not change.
  • The excellent services we have provided you in the past will continue.

Your satisfaction is very important to ASI, but most especially to me. Your dedicated ASI team will ensure that the transition period is smooth while seeking new ways to improve overall service levels. 

Let’s Meet!

I encourage you to contact your ASI Account Executive and set up some time to meet with ASI executive management in person so that we can introduce you to all of the expanded offerings ASI brings to the table.  Should you have any immediate comments, questions or concerns, I want to hear from you – please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Again, thank you for your continued loyalty to ASI.  This new direction offers an even more promising horizon for all of us.  I am grateful to you not only for giving ASI the opportunity to provide you with advanced technology solutions, but for your loyalty and friendship, which have been the cornerstone of our relationship!  I look forward to providing you with an even more comprehensive and innovative IT solutions portfolio as a part of the team at Agilant Solutions, Inc.

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Five steps to building a Composable Infrastructure: Part 2

by kriley June 30, 2017
Build your Composable Infrastructure with HPE Synergy

Composable Infrastructure—a new approach to architecture—powers innovation and value creation for the new breed of applications while more efficiently running traditional workloads such as:

Hybrid cloud infrastructure - Combining hardware infrastructure, software, and services to deliver a single platform that enables customers to be well positioned for the cloud

Application development - Allocate and de-provision compute, storage, and network resources per developer during the design, development, and integration phases of a project

Data management - Integration of real-time enterprise communication services that provide a consistent unified user interface and experience across multiple devices

IT infrastructure - Allocate and de-provision compute, storage, and network resources for traditional business applications such as system and network management, data file transfer, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and security systems

HPE tells us that there are 5 main steps in getting your infrastructure to a composable state...

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Five steps to building a Composable Infrastructure: Part 1

by kriley June 28, 2017

In today’s hyper-connected world, windows of opportunity open fast and close even faster. In this Idea Economy, anyone can change the world, creating an age of relentless competition.

Every enterprise is at risk of missing a market opportunity and being disrupted by a new idea or business model. The winners in this world are companies of any size that embrace and execute good ideas to deliver value faster and better than their competitors.

Today’s infrastructure is too static and changes are too process-oriented, making it slow and complex. In the Idea Economy, infrastructure must be the engine of value creation, not the bottleneck to success. What has worked in the past isn’t going to work in the future, as IT must now be able to support two operating environments.

  • Traditional applications that are designed to support and automate existing business processes such as collaboration, data processing, analytics, supply chain, and web infrastructure
  • A new breed of applications and services that drive revenue and new customer experiences by leveraging mobility, Big Data, and cloud-native technologies

To be successful in the Idea Economy, it’s imperative for businesses to participate and capitalize quickly. How quickly IT can experiment, learn, test, tune, and turn ideas into value matters more than ever.

Introducing the first Composable Infrastructure

HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously.

It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With

HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but also the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

The HPE Synergy experience enables IT to:

  • Run anything: Optimize any application, reduce CAPEX, and free resources with a single infrastructure with fluid pools of physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric
  • Move faster: Accelerate application and service delivery through a single interface that precisely composes logical infrastructures at near-instant speeds
  • Work smarter: Reduce operational effort and cost through internal software-defined intelligence with template-driven, frictionless operations
  • Unlock value creation: Increase productivity and control across the data center by integrating and automating infrastructure operations and applications through a unified API

Need More Information?  Contact ASI!



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ASI SVP Takes on Romania!

by kriley May 17, 2016




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UPSKILL AMERICA!

by kriley May 4, 2016

ASI was acknowledged by the While House for our participation in, UPSKILL AMERICA!  The Upskill program recognizes employers like ASI that provide expanded career opportunities for their workers, PROMOTE business practices to increase economic opportunity, and CULTIVATE education and workforce development! 

If you're looking for a career path, ASI is an employer committed to great things; and we're RED, WHITE, & BLUE approved!  GO ASI!




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How to Prevent Major "IT" Disasters

by kriley February 6, 2014

Today's heterogeneous, ever-complex IT environments pose major support and maintenance challenges to enterprises. Recent research by IDC has revealed the importance of personalized, proactive and automated care in identifying and remediating issues throughout the enterprise. To this end, HP Proactive Care offers enterprises enhanced support services and access to cross-domain expertise.

The high costs of continuous maintenance, downtime and outages have reached a tipping point, A single, unplanned data-center outage can cost as much as $5,000 per minute or more in large, complex heterogeneous environments.

Major IT disasters in recent news should serve as a fresh reminder to enterprises of the importance of staying one step ahead of technical mishaps, which too often stem from simple human error. Here is a list of five major IT disasters and how HP Proactive Care could have helped prevent them.

Check out this whitepaper for more info!

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Prevent Downtime

by kriley February 6, 2014

ASI & HP Proactive Care Services can help your organization move mountains and stay at the top by moving from a reactive (avalanche of challenges) state to a proactive (peak performance) state. Doing so has incredible financial, emotional, and structural implications and advantages. 

In short, Proactive Care: 
- Prevents minor problems from becoming Mt Everest sized disruptive events: Reduce incidents that cause downtime by 43% 
- Dramatically reduces the stress, costs and overhead associated with downtime and maintaining/monitoring operations on a daily basis: Reduce downtime by 66% 
- Enables your IT executives to spend considerably more time focusing on business innovation and big picture goals. 

For a full glimpse of what we're talking about, check out this document: Move Mountains

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Migrate from Windows XP!

by kriley October 3, 2013

They’ve had a great run, but on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially say goodbye to Windows XP and Office 2003. 

After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. If you continue to use Windows XP, your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

What’s running on your client device today? Is it Microsoft Windows Vista? Or is yours among the many companies that have stayed with Microsoft Windows XP for as long as eight years? Whatever the answer, the reasons for migrating from an older operating system to Windows 7 are compelling. Windows 7 is designed to be faster, more reliable and more secure.

An upgrade to Windows 7 boosts productivity for end-users and IT staff alike, so everyone can get more done. Your users get the mobility and flexibility they demand in a unified, connected experience. Your IT professionals gain better control, manageability, and security. And your client environment becomes more notebook and mobile friendly.

What’s more, customers can reap the benefits that come from:

  • Improved manageability
  • Increased security to safeguard your work
  • Better service levels
  • Support for both desktop, laptop and application virtualization
  • Enhanced collaboration within a PC environment that works the way you and your users want

Upgrading your PCs to Windows 7 brings a more comprehensive, optimized approach to client computing, architected to serve your entire enterprise.

In some cases, Windows 7 may also serve as the catalyst for your organization to adopt client virtualization. As a result of new features and functions—including enhanced protocols for multimedia—Windows 7 lends itself well to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementations. For example, Windows 7 allows Office Communicator to run on virtual desktops. Your Windows 7 VDI users can take advantage of Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions such as Live Meeting. If your organization is already planning to implement client virtualization, this is an ideal time to rethink your client infrastructure as you migrate to Windows 7.

XP Migration with HP

Get Modern with Windows 8.1 and Office

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