vSphere 6.7 Update 1 and Major Support Milestone

Written by Frank Medeiros on September 13, 2018

vSphere Support and Upgrades   VMware is ending support for vSphere 5.5 on September 18th, 2018. Extended support will be available, but at a cost. Based on surveys, over 60% of the systems in use are still running 5.5 or an earlier version. While it is important that systems running older versions be upgraded as soon as possible, it is not necessarily a simple process. Last month at VMworld 2018…

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VMware vSphere 6.7 Highlights

Written by Frank Medeiros on July 25, 2018

FINALLY! VMware recently released vSphere 6.7 with new enhancements and additions to the product. Some of these key capabilities include simplified management, performance optimization, enhanced security, and cloud integration.   Simplified Management Simplified vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) The VCSA now supports Enhanced Linked Mode with an embedded Platform Services Controller. This new feature simplifies the vCenter topology and allows it to scale seamlessly without the need for and external PSC…

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CloudCheckr Cloud Management Platform

Written by Frank Medeiros on May 9, 2018

With more and more workloads migrating to the cloud, CloudCheckr can allow your company to be more agile, and can obscure costs and vulnerabilities. We saw something very similar when virtualization became prevalent about eight years ago. It became so easy to deploy new servers that VM sprawl and security issues were introduced into the infrastructure. In the days of physical servers such issues may not have existed. To deal…

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Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities

Written by Sarah Brenner on March 12, 2018

As I'm sure most of you know by now, several vulnerabilities were discovered recently, called Spectre and Meltdown. These are also known as Side-Channel Analysis vulnerabilities. There are different variations of these vulnerabilities and they affect almost every processor released in the last 20 years! This is not a Microsoft or Intel or Apple issue. This is also not just limited to servers and desktops, but may affect storage arrays…

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In the Life of a Sales Representative

Written by Sarah Brenner on February 21, 2018

Sales is easy, right? You have flexibility, get to hang out with clients and make a big paycheck. Not so fast! The life of a sales rep is both challenging and rewarding. Sales is hard work and it is nonstop, 24/7. A client’s needs don’t start at 9 AM and end at 5 PM, it takes weekends, nights, holidays, and putting out fires. Building long-term trusted relationships take time, it…

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Why HPE Acquired Nimble Storage

Written by Brad Maher on September 7, 2017

Now that the dust has somewhat settled from the acquisition, let's take a look at why HPE went after this platform. First we need to understand the challenges for HPE around flash and hybrid arrays. If you look at the HPE portfolio starting all the way down at the MSA product line and going all the way up to the 3par all flash, you'll notice that these products have evolved…

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The New MySnowCap Renewal Tracker is Now LIVE!

Written by Sarah Brenner on April 25, 2017

Managing renewals couldn’t be easier! With the MySnowCap renewal tracker, you no longer have to worry about updating tedious spreadsheets, shuffling though old emails or letting renewals “slip through the cracks”. The renewals team here at SnowCap has taken the time to input all of your current and future hardware and software maintenance contracts into an easy to use platform that will ensure all support remains current. Some highlighting features…

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Cisco Technical Bulletin

Written by Brad Maher on April 3, 2017

Over the past few weeks Cisco Systems has released information about some issues that our customers need to be aware of. Some of this stems from the "Wiki Leaks CIA Dump", and others are bugs customers have run into in the field. We have lots of customers running devices that have effected versions of the code outlined below. We expect that this will impact a majority of Cisco users out…

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SnowCap Technologies Earns HPE Platinum Partnership

Written by Sarah Brenner on March 1, 2017

SnowCap Technologies Earns HPE Platinum Partnership 600 Market Street, Suite 688 Lynnfield, MA, 01940 617-500-0777 3/1/2017 SnowCap Technologies becomes Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner HPE’s Platinum Partnership is the highest level partner status. With SnowCap now being a Platinum Partner, we are even more qualified to assist your HPE business with all of its needs. Platinum Partners represent the highpoint of the membership pyramid and are HPE’s most valued channel…

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VMware AWS partnership update

Written by Brad Maher on December 21, 2016

As some of you may or may not have seen, VMware has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). If you didn't see the press release you can find it here. More details are emerging related to the actual technical capabilities of this solution. They are really shaping up to be something pretty great. Why is VMware doing this? Obviously AWS is the leading provider of public cloud. I…

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