ASI can help you improve ROI with hyper convergence

by Admin March 10, 2017

Taking the hyper converged plunge? Let ASI help improve your ROI.

More companies are diving into the benefits of hyper converged infrastructure to speed and simplify their IT service delivery. So many, in fact, that a Gartner study estimates that by 2020, more than 20% of mission-critical applications will be running on a hyper converged platform.1

In this report—published by Gartner in October of 2016—Hewlett Packard Enterprise is ranked as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. Among the benefits offered by HPE, Gartner calls out the broad portfolio of integrated systems and reference architectures, convergence to cloud, and a simplified path to composable infrastructure.

As an HPE Platinum Partner, ASI System Integration is certified and trained to architect and deploy HPE Hyper Converged systems. For companies looking to leverage this trending technology advancement for infrastructure advantage, we can help drive more ROI from your hyper converged investment in several different ways.

Simplify VDI configuration

There’s economy of scale to be gained by virtualizing your desktops for efficiencies like improving PC performance and reducing hardware costs. Yet the manual setup of virtualization for VDI can be time-consuming and may require a skillset that your IT team might not have. We can change all that by deploying HPE Hyper Converged 380 into your data center. It comes pre-configured with the resources you need to automate virtualization—along with storage density to support persistent and non-persistent desktops.

You can stand up a new VM in as little as fifteen minutes with an intuitive, user-friendly interface that can be navigated by an IT generalist. You can also reduce deployment error and risk with the support you receive from prescriptive order and installation guides for configuration accuracy.

Advance to cloud faster

While cloud computing is moving at the speed of business—it can cost a small fortune if not done correctly. ASI can deploy an HPE Hyper Converged 380 appliance pre-configured with HPE ProLiant DL380 Servers—powered by Intel® Xeon® processors and VMware—to support hybrid cloud adoption via the HPE Helion CloudSystem. With it, you can leverage the cloud to pool and distribute resources while maintaining control of storage and compute components in your data center. The integrated, pre-defined nature of the appliance reduces complexity, and speeds the process of provisioning resources to drive workloads.

Manage with less IT impact

Let us help you minimize the IT impact of infrastructure management. The software-defined nature of HPE Hyper Converged systems can enable IT agility by consolidating hardware siloes to lower infrastructure management cost and complexity. Disparate resources are integrated and configured to work together to support specified workloads with fewer errors and little deployment risk. It taps into software-defined simplicity to break through hardware barriers that take time and resources to overcome.

What ROI benefits of hyper convergence is your business missing? Contact us to learn how we can configure HPE Hyper Converged Systems to reduce virtualization complexity, streamline cloud adoption and simplify IT management for cost savings and operational advantage.

1 Report, “Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems,” Gartner, Oct 2016

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three ways to gain IT velocity to accelerate innovation

by Admin March 10, 2017

Three ways to gain IT velocity to accelerate innovation

Innovation is happening everywhere, and it’s moving at record speed. Time-to-market timelines are condensed. Business lifecycles are shorter. And the window of opportunity to monetize ideas is closing faster. Now—more than ever—you can't let a siloed, legacy infrastructure running at the speed of yesterday prevent your business from gaining a market advantage. And, thankfully, it doesn’t have to. Because there’s a cost-effective and relatively simple way to rev-up your infrastructure in the form of hyper converged platforms.

1. Speed of deployment

Hyper converged appliances are purpose-built infrastructure appliances. They are pre-configured factory-integrated compute, storage, networking, and management components that drive a range of workloads – from general-purpose—to VDI—to cloud. This tightly-woven integration replaces the disparate resources typically required to reduce the labor needed to provision resources for mission-critical applications. Thus, a business can innovate without technology barriers. With solutions like HPE Hyper Converged systems built on a federated architecture, interoperability is optimized so workloads can be provisioned up to eight times faster than with traditional hardware.

2. Speed of management

Manual oversight of IT systems is time-consuming and doesn't assure rapid IT response times. Hyper converged products like HPE Hyper Converged 380 are configured with software-defined management and HPE OneView that provides a 360- degree view of your infrastructure components – with point-and-click management control. It simplifies management tasks like creating VMs, updating firmware and drivers, and adding capacity. For instance, hyper converged management ease makes it possible to add VM capacity in just 15 minutes with a few clicks.

3. Speed of data access

Legacy data centers put limits on how fast data can move, but that’s not the case with hyper converged platforms like the HPE Hyper Converged 380. These systems are built on HPE ProLiant DL380 Servers, the world’s best-selling server, flash-optimized for accelerated data access—and powered by Intel® Xeon® processors for speed. Federated architecture assures interoperability that is essential for seamless data transfer.

The IT experts of ASI System Integration understand the role IT plays in business innovation. We're a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner that can provide the skills, experience, and expertise to re-tool your infrastructure for faster IT service delivery leveraging products like HPE Hyper Converged 380. Contact us to learn more.

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HPE FTW in Hyper Converged

by Admin March 10, 2017

Our top pick for hyper converged? Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Here’s why.

It’s a question we hear often: “How can I get a greater ROI from my IT spend?” It’s a common request and one that has an easy answer: Hewlett Packard Enterprise. That's because HPE Hyper Converged platforms are delivering phenomenal ROI in the form of data center simplicity, agility, scalability, and efficiency.

While there are many different hyper converged vendors, none provide the integrated, end-to-end interoperability that HPE does, and that benefit translates into a solution that works in more environments with fewer barriers.

Here are a few things that make HPE Hyper Converged solutions stand out:

Components—HPE Hyper Converged solutions integrate best-in-class compute, storage, networking, and management components into a single appliance that’s software-driven. It’s built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Server—powered by Intel® Xeon® processors—known for supporting near-continuous availability for mission-critical workloads. These components are pre-selected for optimum performance and thoroughly tested and backed by HPE's global support teams.

Integration—The precise combination of components assures reliability in a platform that can serve a broad range of demands. There are configurations available for general, remote office, and cloud-based workloads. These purpose-built devices simplify IT deployment, and eliminate incompatibility that can cause bottlenecks and downtime. A tightly woven fabric of data mobility eliminates silos for a highly orchestrated and efficient IT delivery system.

Value—HPE Hyper Converged solutions are future-proof. You can scale up your configuration as your business grows, simply by adding nodes of capacity. HPE OneView lets you manage the system from a single, centralized console that can be accessed from any desktop or mobile device. And the investment that's spent on this software-defined solution lays the foundation for the adoption of a fully composable infrastructure.

Recognition—Hewlett Packard Enterprise has decades of innovation to its name, and has collaborated with the major technology players. HPE has perfected software-defined architecture to allow for a flexible solution that can support a wide range of workloads for enterprise and line-of-business workloads across enterprise and SMB sites. And, HPE has been named a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. Most recently, the HPE Hyper Converged 380 system has won CRN’s 2016 Infrastructure Tech Innovator Award for excellence.

HPE Hyper Converged systems can be deployed in just about any data center to support any workload requirement. As an HPE Platinum Partner, ASI System Integration is certified and approved to deploy HPE Hyper Converged 380 into your business. Contact us to learn more.

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Benefits of Hyper Converged IT

by Admin March 10, 2017

What’s so simple about hyper converged IT? Everything.

Infrastructure simplicity is a front-burner initiative for just about every IT manager and it is easy to see why; complexity in the data center costs time and money. It takes away from time that can be spent innovating for the business, and puts IT initiatives at risk if infrastructure inefficiencies cause bottlenecks and downtime.

Complexity can be overcome with a very simple change to the data center in the form of hyper converged appliances. These powerhouse devices can tame the complexity of even the most chaotic data centers, by replacing siloed, inflexible legacy resources with software-defined, flexible resources that can be managed centrally and deployed on command.

The HPE Hyper Converged 380 is one such device that can go a long way to simplify your infrastructure. It is built with HPE ProLiant DL 380 Servers—powered by Intel® Xeon® processors—and contains factory-integrated compute, storage, networking, and management components purpose-built for heavy workloads. It eases the burden of manual configurations plagued by incompatibility. So, what are the benefits of a hyper converged platform to reduce infrastructure complexity? Here are three key points.

Ease up on your IT staff—The HPE Hyper Converged 380 comes with centralized management that displays all your infrastructure into a single clear view. It uses HPE OneView to display a user-friendly dashboard that makes it easy for IT generalists to make updates and troubleshoot infrastructure problems. And management tasks are performed with point-and-click ease. VMs, for example, can be added in just five clicks, and updates can be done in as little as three.

Dig deep into insight—The big payoff of the HPE Hyper Converged 380 is the software-defined intelligence that provides instant analytics and diagnostics into system performance. With it, staff can remotely monitor and fine tune system performance with end-to-end insight into trouble spots, and help plan for future demand with real-time insight.

Rein in costs—Data center inefficiencies like over-provisioning can drive up costs and eat away at your bottom line. Hyper converged appliances let you scale resources on demand, starting with as little as two nodes, or as many as 16. This eliminates the costly practice of having to invest IT dollars in future IT capacity. Software-defined resources can be configured for any workload, making the most of your hyper converged investment.

ASI System Integration is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner who can configure and deploy HPE Hyper Converged appliances into your business with a solution that’s aligned with your needs – and your budget. We have three decades of experience and the highest levels of certifications for infrastructure optimization. Contact us to learn more.

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what's the price of cloud migration?

by Admin March 10, 2017

Cloud migration costs high? Reduce, with hyper converged appliances.

Gone are the days of the "no-cloud" IT policies in which cloud migration was off limits for mission-critical workloads. Today’s enterprises are embracing a cloud-first strategy for all kinds of workloads—including mission-critical ones. As a case in point, a press release from Gartner estimates that by 2020,1 corporate no-cloud policies will be outdated and about as rare as a “no internet policy” is today. Why the change of heart? Cloud is powering the innovation economy.

1 Press release, “Gartner Says By 2020, a Corporate "No-Cloud" Policy Will Be as Rare as a "No-Internet" Policy Is Today,” Gartner, June 2016

Yet the on-ramp to cloud adoption can get expensive, due in part to the high cost of compute, storage, bandwidth, and software licenses that can add up quickly. Cost control is possible with a hybrid approach to cloud. It works by leveraging the cloud to pool and distribute resources while using hyper converged appliances in the data center to power the workloads. It's a win-win situation that delivers self-service access to cloud-based pools of resources that you can access on the fly, and scale compute and storage with price predictability as your needs change.

Take, for example, the HPE Hyper Converged 380 appliance, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors. It comes in a cloud-ready configuration that’s purpose-built with the factory-integrated compute, storage, networking, and management components required to provision cloud-based workloads—with lower cost than traditional cloud deployments.

Save on compute

Don’t let a cloud service agreement lock you into more compute than you need now. By leveraging a cloud-ready hyper converged appliance in your data center, you control how you scale and finance compute resources. The HPE Hyper Converged 380 offers a pay-as-you-grow scale-out capacity that can deliver four times the compute of traditional cloud hardware in 75% space. It lets you purchase as little as two nodes and expand up to 16 as your business grows.

Save on storage

Don’t over invest in hardware you don’t need. Hyper converged appliances, like the HPE Hyper Converged 380, built with HPE ProLiant DL380 Servers—powered by Intel® Xeon® processors—lets you access storage capacity on affordable x86 servers that allow you to reduce your hardware acquisition costs by as much as 50% over the cost of purchasing a scale-out, shared storage array. There's no need for a centralized SAN; storage blocks can be added to the system as needed to increase capacity, drastically lowering your startup costs.

If you like the idea of hybrid cloud, you’re not alone. Gartner predicts that half of all large enterprises will have hybrid cloud by 2017.2 Let ASI System Integration fast-track your hybrid cloud migration with lower cost, and more control. We’re a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner with the skills and training to deploy hyper converged appliances like the HPE Hyper Converged 380 into your infrastructure to reduce the cost of powering your cloud-based workloads. Contact us to learn more.

1         Press release, “Gartner Says By 2020, a Corporate "No-Cloud" Policy Will Be as Rare as a "No-Internet" Policy Is Today,” Gartner June 2016

2         Press release, “Gartner Says Nearly Half of Large Enterprises Will Have Hybrid Cloud Deployments by the End of 2017, “ Gartner, Oct 2013

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Is Your Company in Bimodal IT Mode? We have four ways to make it easier.

by Admin March 10, 2017

Operating in bimodal mode? Four ways hyper converged makes IT easy.

A Gartner press release estimates 75% of enterprises will be functioning in a bimodal IT mode by 2017,1 managing both legacy and modern IT delivery systems. This reality comes as no surprise since most companies need to make the most of their legacy investments while tapping into advanced technologies for innovation.

Yet, the risks of bimodal IT are twofold: cost and complexity. It takes more staff time to manage disparate systems and that time comes at an expense to the business. Hyper converged systems are changing all that for the better.

Products like HPE Hyper Converged systems, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, combine factory-integrated compute, storage, networking, and management components into a single software-defined appliance that can be added to the legacy data center to support innovation without adding complexity. It bridges the gap between old and new IT in new important ways:

1. Seamless virtualization—HPE Hyper Converged Systems have virtualization baked into the appliance and are configured to support a broad range of workloads. There are appliances geared to specific virtualization tasks, like ROBO, VDI, and even cloud. It eliminates the need to use separate tools to virtualize resources to support your workloads. Everything you need is in the box, and it integrates with existing tools you already use—so you don't have to spend time troubleshooting vendor compatibility issues.

2. Simplified management—IT bottlenecks are easy to diagnose with hyper converged solutions like HPE Hyper Converged 380. It supports software-defined management of unified resources from HPE OneView, a single management console designed with a user-friendly interface. With it, you can update firmware and device drivers in three clicks, deploy VMs in five clicks, and add capacity in as little as 15 minutes—using a single IT generalist; there’s no need to hire or train specialized IT specialists.

3. Seamless data protection—Say goodbye to drive failures that put data at risk. The HPE Hyper Converged 380 platform is built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Server—powered by Intel® Xeon® processors—that protects data with federated replication and mirrored redundancy. Integrated VM snapshots and point-in-time recovery assure 99.9999% reliability that keeps your business productive and on line.

4. Optimized workloads—The automated provisioning and software-defined management—built into the HPE Hyper Converged 380 system—give you access to analytic tools to boost utilization and improve resource allocation. It works with the HPE Cloud Optimizer to extract analytics from workload performance—and reduces the need to overprovision your resources by as much as 90%. This supports faster SLAs while what-if analyses accurately predict capacity so you can adjust provisioning proactively.

Get the most out of your bimodal IT existence with hyper converged expertise and services from ASI System Integration. We're a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner with three decades of experience and a staff of experts who can help you bridge the gap between old and new IT. Contact us to learn more.

1 Press release, “Gartner Says CIOs Need Bimodal IT to Succeed in Digital Business,” Gartner Nov 2014

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To cloud or not to cloud...

by Admin March 10, 2017

Cloud vs. on-premises workload provisioning: Which one is faster?

Think the cloud is the fastest way to provision your workloads? Think again – because hyper converged IT is giving the cloud a run for its money when it comes to speed of workload provisioning. What's more, hyper converged delivers security and control that only comes from keeping your workloads in your data center.

It’s a hybrid IT approach and a win-win solution for data center managers looking for innovative ways to keep pace with application demand. The architecture of hyper converged appliances bundle factory-integrated compute, storage, networking, and management components into a single device with centralized, software-based control. When combined with cloud, it bridges the gap between old and new IT, and speeds workload provisioning enterprise-wide in these key ways:

Deployment speed

Traditional virtualization requires manual setup and configuration that's labor intensive and requires specialized IT skills. It's also workload-specific, creating fixed—not fluid—pools of resources. Hyper converged infrastructure speeds virtualization deployment by combining all the necessary components to provision many types of workloads with a single appliance. Products like HPE Hyper Converged systems built on HPE ProLiant DL380 Servers—powered by Intel® Xeon® processors—can be used to deploy VMs in just five clicks, and add capacity in as little as fifteen minutes.

Management simplicity

HPE Hyper Converged systems offer benefits that go beyond workload provisioning. The centralized, software-defined management portal gives a complete view of workload efficiencies along with deep insight into analytics. This management ease, along with HPE Operations Analytics, simplifies the task of pinpointing workloads that are under-performing, so problems can be resolved before they turn into bottlenecks and downtime.

Capacity planning

The days of overprovisioning for workload capacity changes are ending. That’s because hyper converged appliances can scale to meet demand as needs change. The HPE Hyper Converged 380 comes with a what-if analysis to quickly determine when you need to add capacity. And when more capacity is needed, it’s easily purchased in a pay-as-you-go model that lowers your costs. You can purchase as little as two nodes for entry and scale up to 16.

HPE Hyper Converged systems come in a range of purpose-built configurations to optimize your virtualization for remote offices, enterprise lines of business, cloud, and virtual desktop integration. ASI System Integration is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum partner with three decades of experience developing data center blueprints for infrastructure optimization using technologies like HPE Hyper Converged systems. Contact us for fast, simple virtualization that supports more workloads with less work.

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Hybrid IT

by Admin March 10, 2017

What’s the hype about hybrid IT? Explore the facts behind the fiction.

Have you bought into the buzz and excitement about hyper converged infrastructure benefits for scalability, flexibility, and speed of workload provisioning? Or are you confused by the misconceptions that have left you wondering, “Is this the right tech move for my business?”

Some companies turn to hyper converged for remote office/branch office scalability (ROBO). Others choose it to simplify virtualization. Many companies have made the leap to hyper converged IT. In fact, a press release from IDC reports that during the fourth quarter of 2015 sales of hyper converged systems grew 170%.1

So what are the facts about hyper converged that you should consider?

It eases management.

Hyper converged appliances combine factory-integrated compute, storage, networking, and management components together into a single device to streamline and simplify resource deployment. This integration reduces data center sprawl and cost. Unlike legacy storage and compute components managed through many panes of glass, hyper converged appliances support single-pane-of-glass management by a single IT generalist – eliminating the need to hire, train, and retain an IT specialist to keep your investment humming.

It’s workload-friendly.

Purpose-built hyper converged appliances ensure you have the right mix of factory-integrated compute, storage, networking, and management components to handle most general-purpose workloads, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and hybrid cloud. This configuration saves time and simplifies the provisioning of workloads because it combines everything you need for virtualization into a single solution.

You can afford it.

Say goodbye to overprovisioning servers for future demand. The modularity of hyper converged appliances makes it possible to purchase what you need—when you need it—and scale up as your requirements change. You can scale compute and storage independently based on your needs. Not only does this reduce your capital expense costs, but it frees up revenue that can be applied to fund other mission-critical IT initiatives.

Migrating to hyper converged IT doesn’t have to be complicated. At ASI System Integration, our infrastructure architects rely on products like HPE Hyper Converged Systems for hybrid IT simplicity. It’s integrated with the HPE ProLiant DL380 Server, the world’s best-selling server, and powered by Intel® Xeon® processors for server reliability robust enough to support any VDI or cloud workload.

We’re North America’s leading independent provider of IT services with 30 years of experience and deep expertise in infrastructure optimization. Contact us to learn how you can get started with HPE Hyper Converged Systems with as little as two nodes – or as many as 16 for enterprise-class workloads.

1 Press Release, “Worldwide Converged Systems Revenue Increases 8.5% Year Over Year in the Fourth Quarter of 2015, Surpassing $3.1 Billion in Value,” IDC March 2016

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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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