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HPE’s strategy for hybrid-IT is simple, cloud-like operation on-prem and in new architectures

I have had a long relationship with Hewlett Packard and now Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  Today, I sat in a strategy session with Paul Miller and Mark Linesch.  It is an interesting time as these two guys have transitioned into marketing roles for the whole of HPE – reacting to the transition of IT purchasing away […]

HPE shows off Composable Cloud, networking based on Plexxi acquisition

Composable Cloud is the next step in HPE’s vision of the future in hybrid IT – enabling on-premises IT to operate like cloud and manage cloud consumption across multiple clouds.  The major news during the conference is Composable Fabric – the new branding of Plexxi within the HPE portfolio.  Composable Fabric was the missing piece that allows […]

Composable Fabric is HPE’s solution to resilient, programmable datacenter plumbing

Composable Fabric is the newest addition to HPE’s networking portfolio.  Officially the branding given to the Plexxi acquisition, Composable Fabric is being billed as an integral part of the Composable Cloud concept.  HPE announced two product forms for the Composable Fabric – one with SimpliVity HCI and the other on rack-mount ProLiant servers at HPE […]

Banishing print traffic from your WAN with PrinterLogic

Requirement – secure and centralize print management.  But moving traditional Windows print servers into your datacenter will cause a lot of WAN traffic from your branches.  WAN links are expensive and bandwidth is a premium resource.  Even with SD-WAN solutions that enable companies to use standard internet, instead of MPLS circuits, for branch connectivity, the […]

Big Switch – Container Integration

I had a the opportunity of a Big Switch and Containers overview. From the Big Switch Page above.   ” Single SDN Fabric for Multi-Container Ecosystems. Big Cloud Fabric delivers network automation, deep visibility and rapid container-to-container troubleshooting in multi-container environments. Containers are a new atomic unit of computing that is ideal for emerging cloud-native, […]

Upgrading to Ubiquiti’s EdgeRouter X SFP

New house.  New city.  New ISP.  New router.  This time I opted for the big brother of the EdgeRouter Lite, the EdgeRouter X SFP model.  While it includes all of the goodness that I previously reviewed with the EdgeRouter, including the Vyatta based OS, the X SFP model includes some additional hardware capabilities. Why a […]

Setup an L2TP/IPSEC VPN On Your Ubitquiti EdgeRouter

The planned follow up to the Ubiquiti UniFi AP deployment/RaspberryPi controller post about running an ELK stack on the controller is on hold; there are no preexisting binaries for the ARM platform and a successful compile from source has eluded me so far.  So instead we’re going to walk through setting up an L2TP/IPSEC VPN […]

Deploying Ubiquiti UniFi APs with a RaspberryPi 2 Controller

I recently got fed up with the mediocre coverage and speeds of my home wireless network even after throwing DD-WRT on the pair of APs (Netgear and Linksys .11n) to eek out all the performance I could.  So I decided to take the plunge and go up market a bit with a couple APs from […]

HPE shows off engagement project with Madrid museum based on Aruba technology

Last week at HPE Discover in London, HPE showed off a project enabled by technology from its Aruba subsidiary with the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, a fine art museum located in Madrid.  Leveraging Aruba wireless networking and Aruba Beacons and the Meridian mobile app software, the museum was able to create a mobile app […]